Tucker at NFL Combine

Published on Saturday, 23 February 2013 00:06 - Written by

Matthew Postins

Former TCU running back and Chapel Hill standout Matthew Tucker will participate in the NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis.

Tucker is one of 38 running backs participating in the combine. The running backs work out on Sunday with the quarterbacks and wide receivers.

Tucker rushed for 2,602 yards and scored 33 rushing touchdowns in a four-year career that saw him help the Horned Frogs win the 2010 Rose Bowl and transition to the Big 12 Conference. Tucker is hoping to improve his draft stock. Tucker is the No. 38 prospect at running back, according to NFLDraftScout.com.

TARLETON’S WRIGHT REMAINS AMONG NCAA DIVISION II LEADERS

Tarleton State center Kiara Wright, who hails from Pittsburg, is among the national leaders in several Division II women’s statistics.

The junior center is first in rebounds per game (13.6), second in double-doubles (16) and fourth in field-goal percentage (60.3).

Wright also leads the Lone Star Conference in scoring with 17.3 points per game. She and the TexAnns are trying to lock down the No. 1 seed in the LSC Women’s Tournament, set for March 6-9 in Allen.

MORAN WORKS HIS WAY INTO TSU’S STARTING LINEUP

Longview outfielder Nico Moran started the first eight games of Tarleton State’s baseball season and finished that stretch with a .280 average. Moran had a double and walked twice as the Texans were 3-4-1 in their first eight games.

Moran wasn’t the only Lobo in the starting lineup. Senior infielder Ryan Small also started all eight games but hit only .176. He did score four runs and doubled three times.

Small has already handled 45 chances in the field, second-best on the team, and has a fielding percentage of .956. Moran is perfect in 12 outfield chances.

CUSHING’S DAVIS HELPS COMETS TO ASC TOURNAMENT

The field for the American Southwest Conference basketball tournament is firmed up, and Cushing’s Jo’Anna Davis has helped the UT Dallas Comets to a berth in the women’s tournament.

Davis, through 25 games, is the Comets’ second-leading scorer with 10.9 points per game. Davis also leads the team in 3-point field goals made with 43 and is shooting 40 percent from behind the arc. The 5-foot-6 sophomore guard had a season-high 21 points against UT Tyler on Jan. 31.

The Comets are locked in as the No. 2 seed out of the East Division and played Hardin-Simmons in Game 3 of the ASC Women’s Tournament on Friday.

OTHER ET PLAYERS IN ASC WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT

There are several other East Texas products playing in the American Southwest Conference Tournament, which is being held this weekend at Howard Payne University.

On the women’s side, along with UT Dallas, East Texas Baptist University is in as the No. 4 seed out of the East Division and took on Howard Payne, the No. 1 seed in the West, on Friday. Grand Saline sophomore guard Amanda Rucker (5.3 ppg) has also helped ETBU this year.

Hardin-Simmons is the No. 3 seed out of the West. Pine Tree senior guard Alexis Popelar entered the contest against UT Dallas with a team-leading 18.4 points per game.

HENDERSON’S BROWN COMPETING IN ASC MEN’S TOURNAMENT

While the American Southwest Conference women’s Tournament is at Howard Payne University, the ASC Men’s Tournament is at UT Dallas in Richardson, having started Friday.

LeTourneau is in the No. 4 seed out of the East and played Mary Hardin-Baylor. Henderson freshman forward Ladaria Brown has been one of LeTourneau’s most consistent players and entered the contest averaging 12 points per game, second-best on the team. Two other East Texas products, Zach Driver of Arp and Cameron Skief of All Saints, are also on the team.

East Texas Pipeline appears weekly in the Tyler Morning Telegraph and is dedicated to updating readers on East Texas athletes who have gone on to college sports. If you know of a former ET high school athlete who is now competing on the college level and is worthy of recognition, email Matthew Postins atTMTpipeline@hotmail.com with the information.