Blaine Irby Talks Present, Future

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Posted Nov 24, 2011

When the seniors went through their introductions at Senior Night on Saturday, Blaine Irby trotted out with the rest of the soon-to-be-departed players.

But Irby, who lost nearly three years to a tragic leg injury, said fans shouldn't read too much into that. Irby is still planning to make a decision on whether to return for an extra season — one certain to be granted as a medical redshirt year — but needs to discuss it with his family.

For now, Irby finds himself among a group of seniors hoping to end the Texas A&M rivalry — at least for the foreseeable future — on a high note.

"I think it's the rivalry. It really doesn't matter if you're No. 1 in the country or if you're last in the country," Irby said. "It's still going to be a great game between the two teams. It's kind of a surreal moment because this is the last A&M game that we're going to be playing. I think all of our guys are really excited about it. We understand the situation.

"I think anytime you do play against A&M there's a lot of pressure to beat them," Irby said. "It's exciting. I think guys are kind of embracing the moment. We're going into College Station. It's one of the best places to play in, just because the fans are so passionate about A&M football."

At the same time, Irby said it was important for the young and growing Longhorns to grab a victory in the rivalry game.

"Any year, not matter if you're 0-12 or if you're 12-0, any time you beat A&M it's a great victory," Irby said. "We play on Thanksgiving Day, so the whole nation's going to be watching and eating their turkey. It's going to be a great challenge for us."

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