King, Vaccaro Honored by CFPA

King, Vaccaro Honored by CFPA

Two Longhorns earned College Football Performance Awards honors after Texas's 37-17 victory over Wyoming in Saturday's season-opener.

Punter Alex King was selected as CFPA National Punter of the Week, while safety Kenny Vaccaro was Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week.

King punted three times in the game for a 53.3-yards-per-punt average. One of his punts was downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. His longest punt was 58 yards, and he also uncorked punts of 56 and 46 yards. His 58-yarder was downed at the four.

Vaccaro turned the game toward the Longhorns at a point when they were trailing 9-7, helping to force turnovers on ensuing possessions. He intercepted Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith, then returned it 19 yards, setting up a Texas touchdown. A few plays later, Vaccaro hurried Smith into another interception, this one brought down by Carrington Byndom. That pick, too, was turned into a Longhorn touchdown. Vaccaro finished with five tackles (three solo), an interception and two quarterback hurries.

Both players are expected to compete for all-conference honors this year. King, a Duke transfer, was second-team All-ACC a year ago. Vaccaro was picked as a first-team All-Big 12 defensive back by the league's coaches in 2011.

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