Texas senior tight end Blaine Irby is ready to return to the lineup after suffering a devastating knee injury three seasons ago. Either Irby or D.J. Grant, who also missed significant time with a knee injury, could start against Rice.
Irby was told he could never play again in 2010 and has proved the skeptics wrong. Grant's story is also one to acknowledge. The only way to see if Irby and Grant are all the way back from their injuries is to see how they react in actual game play.