An “incident” at a local pizza shop last month won’t cost three members of the Texas football program any playing time three or so months from now, head coach Mack Brown confirmed Wednesday.
Defensive end Alex Okafor (pictured), safety Kenny Vaccaro and tight end Barrett Matthews were all arrested very early in the morning of May 7 and each cited for failure to obey a lawful order. The trio had been asked to leave the establishment and refused, leading to the citations.
The cases, however, have been dismissed, meaning the only discipline the three will be facing is of the internal variety.
“They will not miss a game, but they’re really paying hard for not being respectful to authority figures,” Brown said Wednesday according to the San Antonio Express-News. “I think they’ve learned some hard lessons.”
All three of the players are listed as starters on the most recent depth chart, with Okafor and Vaccaro serving as key cogs in UT’s defense. Those two started all 13 games in 2011, with the former a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection and the latter a first-team pick by the coaches as well.
Matthews played in all 13 games last season, starting three of those contests. He finished with two receptions for nine yards.