Star Texas lineman said to have switched urine


All-Southwest Conference defensive tackle James Patton switched urine samples with another University of Texas player to avoid detection of steroids during a Southwest Conference drug test last August, a current and a former Texas football player have told the Austin American-Statesman in a copyrighted report.

The current Texas player, who asked to remain anonymous, said he witnessed the switch, which occurred between Patton and another starter on the first weekend of two-a-day practices in August at the Neuhaus-Royal Complex.

Patton, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound junior from League City, Texas, is a two-year starter and was a consensus All-SWC selection in 1990. He is being pushed as a potential All-American next football season, when he will be a senior.

Patton is generally regarded as the strongest player on the Texas football team as a result of an annual weightlifting test. He can bench-press more than 460 pounds.

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