With BIG12 title aspirations for both teams, this will be a big test in Austin, Texas, with Oklahoma St having 1 loss in the conference against West Virginia, and Texas still yet to lose in the BIG12, easing pressure the pressure off Mack Brown for the mean time.
Justin Gilbert (CB): Hoping he would improve on last season struggles as he returned for his senior season with the Cowboys, Gilbert wanted to improve on his technique which failed him often in 2012, as he got beat multiple times. Going against Texas, who have wide receivers who can beat you down field, Gilbert will need to maintain balance and good footwork if he wants keep his man infront of him. What Gilbert does have is speed, and is also Oklahoma St best return man, having big returns including 5 returns for touchdowns. He also has 4 interceptions to his name this season, needing 1 more to match last year’s total.
Calvin Barnett (DT): A junior transfer last season, Barnett had 9 tackles for a loss, but at times he struggled to get off blocks and was more inconsistent than his statistics suggest. He has the quickness to get off the line, leaving offensive linemen standing still, but like Gilbert, he needs to show more consistency. Barnett has played as an end when they went to a 3 man front, but is most likely play in a 4-3 defense, which he would be much more suited to.
Other Oklahoma St prospects to look out for:
- WR Josh Stewart: Possession receiver, had an outstanding 2012 campaign but has disappointed so far in 2013.
- OL Parker Graham: Versatile player across the offensive line, playing in all 5 spots, incuding playing the 2012 season at left tackle.
- RB Jeremy Smith: Was supposed to have a breakout year, but hasn’t shown that yet.
Jackson Jeffcoat (DE): Coming into the season, Jeffcoat had high expectations after playing just 4 games last season due to injury, and was expected to be the leader of the defence. However, he had disappointed through the first 3 games of the season, but now he seems to have found new life under new DC Greg Robinson recording 7 sacks in 6 games as well as an interception. Having switched positions, he seems to be more comfortable with his hands in the ground than standing up as an outside linebacker, where he’s just able to rush the passer instead going into coverage at times for Texas. Jeffcoat is hoping he can get double digit sacks this season and show he can be a day one selection in the draft.
Mike Davis (WR): With 57 receptions, 939 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2012, Mike Davis was hoping he could improve on those statistics but he’s already on the verge of breaking his touchdown record from last season. Davis has always been a productive player for Texas showing consistent hands, and whilst he doesn’t have the straight downfield speed, he runs his routes well and is able to get open.
Donald Hawkins (OT): A highly recruited junior player from Northwest Community College, Hawkins played 19 games without allowing a sack. Last season was his first year at the FBS level, where he started every game for the Longhorns showing why he highly touted player. Unlikely to play left tackle in the NFL, a switch to right tackle or guard will be on the cards.
Other Texas prospects to look out for:
- RB Joe Bergeron (Jnr): After carrying the ball 125 times last season, Bergeron has had only 35 attempts this season, suggesting the offensive coordinator doesn’t trust him enough.
- WR Jaxon Shipley (Jnr): Reliable player, safety blanket for the Texas quarterback.
- CB Quandre Diggs (Jnr): Dynamic CB, has 8 interceptions to his name as a 2 year starter.