Friday, November 9, 2007

Senior Day: DT Derek Lokey

Derek Lokey came to the 40 Acres in 2004, an undersized 3-star recruit out of Ryan High School in Denton, Texas. He came in trying to make a name for himself in a program full of top defensive line products.

In 2004 and 2005, Lokey spent much of his time as a backup on the defensive line and special teams player. Appearing in 11 games both seasons, he recorded 10 tackles, 3 for a loss, and half a sack in '04, and 17 tackles, 2 for a loss and a sack in '05.

In 2006, as a junior, Lokey broke into the starting lineup at defensive tackle. Starting the first 8 games of the season he recorded 24 tackles, 4 for a loss, with a fumble recovery and half a sack. His season was however cut short in the game against Nebraska when he suffered a broken leg. However, in 2007 he was able to successfully return from the injury and was slated for big things this season. A preseason 1st team All-Big XII Selection, as well as a member of the preseason Lott Trophy, Outland Trophy, and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists. This season Lokey has been an impact player for the Longhorns recording 41 tackles, 8 for a loss, 1 sack, and 3 pass deflections. He is been a part of a solid run unit and disruptive on the front line.

Lokey has gotten some extra appearances this season as a blocking fullback in jumbo red zone packages. He will certainly have a good chance to play on Sundays next season, possibly going in day 2 of the NFL draft. A good student, Lokey will graduate this December in 3 and half years, and twice was an Academic All-Big XII Performer.

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