Colin Baxter, blocking for quarterback Nick Foles KELLY PRESNELL / ARIZONA DAILY STAR 2010

Center Colin Baxter will miss the Arizona Wildcats' Alamo Bowl game against Oklahoma State after undergoing knee surgery.

Doctors repaired a torn meniscus in Baxter's right knee on Thursday, ending his college career following 48 consecutive starts.

The Wildcats' senior captain hopes to recover in time to work out for NFL scouts this spring.

Surgery was "something Colin's prolonged and agonized over the last few weeks," coach Mike Stoops said.

"It's obviously the best time to get it fixed," he said.

Baxter tore knee ligaments in the UA's Oct. 30 win over UCLA but still started the final four games of the regular season.

Sophomore Kyle Quinn will make his first career start when the Wildcats face the Cowboys on Dec. 29.

The Brentwood, Calif., native has played with the second team all season.

Quinn said Friday that he has mixed emotions about taking over for a player he considers one of the best offensive linemen in program history.

"I feel for the guy. The last thing I ever wanted to do was come in for him when he got hurt," Quinn said. "You never know when your number's going to be called in college football. This is my time to step up."

Baxter will still attend practices, and is expected to travel to San Antonio for the bowl game. Quinn said he'll lean on the Wildcats' senior captain for support.

"He'll be right next to me," Quinn said. "He'll be watching me in practice, helping me out with every little thing he can."

Extra points

• Graduate assistants Donald Horton Jr. and Ryan Walters will help coach the defensive tackles and defensive backs in the weeks leading up to the bowl game, Stoops said. They'll replace assistants Greg Brown and Mike Tuiasosopo, who accepted jobs at Colorado this week.

• Place-kicker Alex Zendejas said he is "so grateful for all the support I got" in the days after Arizona's 30-29 rivalry loss to Arizona State. Zendejas missed two PAT attempts against the Sun Devils - the first would have given Arizona the lead with 27 seconds remaining in regulation, and the second would have extended the game to a third overtime. Though he remains heartbroken over the loss, Zendejas said the misses have made him tougher.

"I think I've probably learned the most over the last 10 days - so much about life, about the game of football," he said. "Just a lot."


• What: Arizona (7-5) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2)

• Where: San Antonio

• When: 7:15 p.m. Dec. 29


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