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September 6, 2013

Lavey a team leader on defense for Pokes

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STILLWATER —

Defensive tackle James Castleman credits Lavey.

“He was everywhere, he was jumping off the walls, he was screaming, he was hip and hollering,” Castleman said. “We all started noticing, we all started playing harder. As a D-lineman, when we know we have someone like that behind us, that’s going crazy, hip and hollering, about to give all he can for the team, it makes us want to give all we can for him.”

The Cowboys allowed just 111 yards rushing, something that UTSA, which totaled 157 running yards in its 21-13 triumph at New Mexico last week, knows it will have to do effectively to have a chance today.

“The really good teams I’ve been around have been able to run the football, and we’re going to be able to do that,” UTSA coach Larry Coker said. “They’re very big and physical up front. We’re going to challenge our offensive line and running backs to establish the run.”

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