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Book learnin' claims TCU's All-MWC starting linebacker

TCU will be without one of its top defensive players for tomorrow's Poinsettia Bowl matchup with the Broncos, causing the Bronco running game to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Linebacker Robert Henson, a senior and the team's second-leading tackler, was left at home in Fort Worth due to problems with academics. They just don't make football tutors like they used to.

Henson, who earned first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors, had 73 tackles, nine tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions and a forced fumble this season. But what the Horned Frogs might miss more than anything is his leadership.

What they'll miss least is his help on the word jumble.

Henson's absence can only be good news for the Broncos, who were looking for any sort of advantage against one of the top units in the country. His replacement is junior Daryl Washington, who doesn't have too shabby of a resume himself. Washington is the team's fourth-leading tackler.

Still, Bronco fans have to be a little relieved to know that the Horned Frogs won't be 100 percent for the P-Bowl.

God bless Biology 101.

Read more: TCU linebacker out [Star-Telegram]