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Tuesday marked head coach Charlie Strong’s first NFL Pro Day with Texas, where he saw 14 Longhorns perform for scouts and coaches from 25 different teams in the league.

The five players who participated in last month’s NFL Combine — defensive tackle Malcom Brown, running back Malcolm Brown, linebacker Jordan Hicks, defensive end Cedric Reed and cornerback Quandre Diggs — mostly focused on position drills as they tried to establish a spot in the NFL Draft. 

Diggs participated in the vertical jump and the broad jump, reaching 36 inches and 9 feet 11 inches, respectively. Malcolm Brown ran in the 40-yard dash, aiming to beat his time of 4.62 from the Combine. He clocked in around 4.5 seconds.

“I definitely believe I am one of the best cornerbacks in this class,” Diggs said. “A lot of people have made a big to do about my size. It is one thing if you’re 6 foot 1 inch but are soft. I know the kind of player I am, and I let my play speak for itself.”

Reed, after only taking part in the bench press at the combine, did not participate in the Pro Day. He is still recovering from meniscus surgery he had during the offseason.

Tuesday was crucial for wide receivers Jaxon Shipley and John Harris and safety Mykkele Thompson, who weren’t invited to the Combine. 

Shipley ran between a 4.43 and a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash and jumped a 39-inch vertical. During wide receiver drills, his routes were clean, and he showed scouts the strong hands Texas fans were familiar with.

“Coming out here today, I really want to surprise some people with my speed,” Shipley said. “I also wanted people understand that, even with injuries in college, I can still play at a high level.”

Shipley said he felt good about his performance and was glad to talk with a couple of scouts following his workouts.

Thompson also looked strong in all of his drills, especially the broad jump, which was around 10 feet 9 inches. His broad jump would have been better than many guys at the combine, including Alabama safety Landon Collins and LSU cornerback Jalen Collins.

Harris, one of the Longhorns few offensive weapons last season, gave a good performance.  He completed 19 reps on the bench press and ran a 40-yard time of about 4.5. On the his last attempt for the 40, Harris pulled his hamstring, but it didn’t bother him the rest of the day.

“At this time last year, I was not really paying attention to Pro Day,” Harris said. “I remember coming to watch for a little while but quickly leaving. Now, a year later, a lot has changed.”

The Longhorn prospects still have a long process ahead of them, with individual team workouts and meetings before the NFL Draft on April 30 through May 2.

Swoopes’ rapid growth has many thinking he might just be the quarterback the Longhorn football program has been desper- ate for ever since Colt McCoy left in 2010.

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For Texas head coach Charlie Strong, Monday’s night bowl game marks a career milestone.

Texas’ matchup with Arkansas in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl reignites a historical rivalry that dominated the Southwest Conference before the Big 12 existed. The game also signifies the Longhorns’ postseason berth in Strong’s first season, a prospect that wasn’t always certain. But for Strong, Monday’s matchup hits closer to home than just a conference or school connection.

Strong, who grew up in Batesville, Arkansas, will compete against his hometown team.

“I grew up at Arkansas so I had a chance to watch this rivalry from afar,” Strong said. “No one there ever lets you forget about this rivalry.”

Texas (6-6, 5-4 Big 12) enters the bowl game coming off a 48-10 Thanksgiving Day loss to TCU. However, the Longhorns rode a three-game winning streak before the Thanksgiving thrashing, emblematic of an inconsistent season.

Now, the Longhorns will look to gel in a passing offense highlighted by the tandem duo of sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and senior wide receiver John Harris.

Harris enters the game with 1015 receiving yards on the season, good for No. 8 on UT’s single-season receiving yards chart. His mark more than doubles any receiver on Arkansas, a team that relies primarily on its rushing game. Though the bowl game will be Harris’ last competition as a Longhorn, he emphasized the importance of finishing 2014 on a winning note.

“I think it’s a big note…just to get momentum going in the offseason,” Harris said. “You start off with a winning program, it just gets you in a jumpstart to next season. Last year, we finished on a losing note and it wasn’t a good taste in our mouth.”

Arkansas (6-6, 2-4 SEC) finished the 2014 regular season in similar fashion to that of Texas. After shutting out then-No. 17 LSU and then-No. 8 Ole Miss consecutively, the Razorbacks dropped their last game against Mizzou 21-14.

Even so, Arkansas’ staunch defense rivals the best in the country. The Razorbacks let up just 20.3 points per game this season, good for 17th in the nation. They also slot 24th in the FBS in total defense (345.4 yards per game) and 22nd in rushing defense (124 yards per game).

Senior linebacker Jordan Hicks said Arkansas’ defensive strength and the schools’ rivalry has motivated him and his teammates through the postseason.

“It’s easy to fall into a trap as a player to say ‘Why are we doing these many days in a row?’ or worry about your body,” Hicks said. “But when you see guys coming out every single day ready to practice and ready to hit every single day over and over again, it’s because of Arkansas. That’s the type of game they play and everybody understands that.”

Texas will look to implement that practice Monday night at 8 p.m. at NRG Stadium. The sold-out game will air nationally on ESPN.

Longhorns look to keep top wide receiver recruit

On July 27, 2014, the Longhorns football program received one of its biggest commitments of the year, when wide receiver John Burt committed to come to Austin, and be the top receiver commit for the Longhorns in the Class of 2015. 

Burt, the 6-foot-3 receiver from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida, was an impressive commit for the Texas program as Burt was also being heavily recruited by perennial SEC power Auburn, and hometown school Florida State.

While Burt is not one of the fastest receiving prospects in the nation, his size and route-running ability makes him one of the top high school receivers in the country and a lethal red-zone threat. Many compare Burt to current NFL receivers Brandon Marshall and A.J Green as well as current Texas senior receiver John Harris. 

Longhorn fans were ecstatic to receive the ninth best receiving prospect in the nation per, however, Burt’s commitment to play for the Longhorns next year is currently in doubt. Following his commitment to Texas, Florida State has ended their recruitment of Burt, but Auburn has not let up, believing that ultimately Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and his staff can lure Burt away from Texas, and have him spend his Saturday’s at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. 

Burt recently made his fourth visit to Auburn on Oct. 4, and was quite impressed with the Auburn program as it dismantled the LSU Tigers 41-7. 

"It went really well," Burt said after his visit. "That was my first official visit and everything went pretty much as expected, from what I've heard official visits go. I had a real good time. It was a real good experience.”

The battle for Burt will be hard fought up until national signing day in February, and the Longhorns must continue to show Burt that the Longhorn program is not only stable, but on the rise. Texas sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes has shown improvement at quarterback throughout the year and the Longhorns are coming off three-straight wins, but if they want to secure their commitment of Burt, they must end the season strong against TCU and in their upcoming bowl game. 

With Harris graduating this spring, the Longhorns receiving corps will be in desperate need of players who can not only stretch the field, but become premier red-zone targets for Swoopes and the Longhorns offense. If the Longhorns can secure the commitment of Burt, it will go a long way to bolstering the Texas offense in years to come. 

Junior running back Jonathan Gray ran 17 times for 77 yards against Texas Tech on Saturday, as the Longhorns captured their third-straight road victory against the Red Raiders.

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Almost as if he was back at Whitewright High School, taking advantage of overmatched 2A opponents, sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes had plenty of time to sit in the pocket and wait for the play to develop, as senior receiver John Harris took off down the field.

While Harris began to separate himself from the defender, Swoopes stepped into his throw and dropped a perfect pass right in the receiver’s breadbasket for a 68-yard gain. Senior running back Malcolm Brown found the end zone on the very next play to give the Longhorns a second quarter lead they would never relinquish en route to a 34-13 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday night.

“Just to watch [Swoopes], you could see the confidence building within him,” head coach Charlie Strong said. “I said, ‘Just keep playing, good things are going to happen for you.’”

A reeling Red Raider defense proved to be just what Swoopes and the Longhorn offense needed to finally put together a complete performance.

Swoopes finished the game with 228 yards and a scoring toss to senior receiver Jaxon Shipley, who caught his first touchdown in 358 days. The Texas running back duo of Brown and junior Johnathan Gray combined for 193 yards and three touchdowns, as Brown became the first Longhorn back to reach the 100-yard plateau this season.

“They ran behind their passing tonight. They were physical running,” Harris said. “We helped them out, but [Brown] and [Gray] ran hard tonight.”

The biggest reason for all the success on the ground was a gutsy performance from the Longhorn offensive line, which has typically been the team’s weakest position group this season.

“Our offensive line played well,” Strong said. “They can get on people, get in the way and let those backs take the ball and just run behind their pack.”

The Texas offense did turn the ball over twice, including a costly fumble that resulted in an easy scoop and score for the Texas Tech defense. The Longhorn defense rebounded to compensate for the offensive blunders, however.

Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford’s unit only gave up one score in the game and came up with a number of big plays to shift the momentum.

The most notable game-changer came just before the Swoopes deep ball in the second quarter, when senior defensive back Quandre Diggs crushed Tech’s freshman quarterback Patrick Mahomes, knocking him out of the game and forcing a fumble in the process.

The hit was clean, but Diggs left the Red Raiders’ young quarterback wobbly with what appeared to be a very serious head injury. 

“He signed up to play football,” Diggs said. “Sometimes that happens.”

With the win, the Longhorns got one step closer to gaining bowl eligibility this season. At 4-5, Texas will have to win two of its final three games against West Virginia, Oklahoma State and TCU in November.

“We can’t rest on it,” Diggs said. “It’s one win. We’re going to have fun tonight and enjoy it and tomorrow get back to watching film and learn from our mistakes we made tonight.”

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As far as adversity goes, it’s tough to imagine a group of Longhorns that has been through more than the current fifth-year seniors.

Before they arrived at Texas in 2010, Mack Brown had lost a total of 27 games in his first 12 years as head coach, and the program was coming off a loss in a national championship game that just might have gone the other way if former quarterback Colt McCoy hadn’t had his shoulder crushed.

The fivesome surely had similar aspirations, imagining 10-win seasons and national championship runs as the norm when they first arrived on the 40 Acres five years ago.

But for Jordan Hicks, John Harris, Demarco Cobbs, Dom Espinosa and Greg Daniels, the last half-decade hasn’t gone quite as planned. All off-field issues aside, the veteran group has lost 26 games over that span, failed to reach double-digit wins in every season and never experienced a BCS game, let alone a national championship. In their first year, they didn’t even make a bowl game.

Now, in the midst of another disappointing season, the elder statesmen and the rest of Texas’ senior class serve as motivation, as the Longhorns look to avoid missing the postseason yet again.

“We can’t allow the players to check out because we still have games to play,” head coach Charlie Strong said. “You want to see the seniors walk out of here the right way. Their careers haven’t been great for them.”

“Not great” is an understatement, especially for the five guys that were around the last time the Longhorns missed out on bowl season.

All freshmen at the time, the fifth-year seniors understand how damaging it can be to an underclassman’s psyche if he doesn’t get a taste of success early on.

“It’s frustrating to think that I could leave here as a senior like I did when I came in as a freshman — 5-7,” Harris said. “That’s not a mark I want to set a trend for, for these younger guys, because that’s a trend that doesn’t need to continue.”

Despite all the struggles — and maybe even because of them — Texas’ upperclassmen have served well as leaders on the team. Younger players often speak of how much they admire and respect the way the veterans on the team carry themselves, and the coaching staff continues to harp on how impressed they’ve been with the leadership in the locker room.

Strong knows that while getting to a bowl game is something he wants to do for the seniors, it’s that same group that will have to be the ones to get them there.

“I ask them, ‘How many of you guys want to go to a bowl game?’” Strong said. “The whole team raised their hands. I told the juniors, sophomores and freshmen, ‘You guys put your hands down. I want to see how many seniors want to go.’ If [the seniors] want to go to a bowl game, they’ll get the team headed back in the right direction.”

Based on what we’ve heard all week, the seniors understand how badly their coaches and younger teammates want to send them out on a high note. They’d like to return the favor.

“I think it’s not only important for the seniors, but I think it’s important for just this team in all,” senior defensive end Cedric Reed said. “I think that there’s a lot of guys on this team that need to experience a bowl game.” 

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Two. That is the most consecutive times Texas has travelled to Texas Tech and won since winning the first five matchups in Lubbock from 1934 to 1966.

The Longhorns have a chance to change that this weekend, as they travel up the Panhandle with a two game win streak at Jones AT&T Stadium.

“Whenever people say that, they kind of put a jinx on us a little bit,” senior wide receiver John Harris said. “But, we’re not worried about that; we’re not worried about records. We are just trying to worry about getting to bowl game. If the win streak continues, that’s good for us out there in Lubbock.”

With this weekend’s kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m., well after dark, the Longhorns will face the added challenge of playing a night game at Texas Tech — one of the more hostile environments in the Big 12. 

“It’s a good college football crowd, and they’ll be ready to rock and roll,” said Shawn Watson, Texas’ assistant head coach for offense and quarterbacks coach. “It’s one of those venues you walk into, and you’ve got to be ready for that aspect of it.”

More than anything, Tech fans are infamous for their crazy antics.

“They throw tortillas at you,” senior defensive end Cedric Reed said. “They do a lot of different stuff, man. It’s just a very loud crowd. They’ve got a lot of students in the stadium. There’s not much out there in Lubbock but football, so you know everybody’s packing in that little stadium.”

Junior running back Johnathan Gray had equal praise for the Red Raider fans, particularly at night and at this time of year.

“Those fans are rowdy,” Gray said. “The team, from what I heard, [in] Lubbock is a great night team, especially their Halloween [weekend] record.”

The Longhorns know that from experience. They are 0-3 all time when facing the Red Raiders on the road on Nov. 1. Their most recent loss came in 2008, when former receiver Michael Crabtree scampered into the end zone with one second remaining. That defeat resulted in a three-way tie for the Big 12 South lead, and the Longhorns lost the tiebreaker to Oklahoma despite beating the Sooners at the Cotton Bowl earlier that year.

In fact, the other two times the Longhorns fell in Lubbock under Mack Brown were very costly as well.

In 1998, the Red Raiders scored the game-winning touchdown with under 30 seconds to play to end Texas’ conference title hopes. In 2002, current Red Raider head coach Kliff Kingsbury led Tech to a victory that knocked the Longhorns out of the BCS picture.

While Texas does not have such lofty ambitions this season, a loss this Saturday would force them to win their last three games just to gain bowl eligibility.

“We just got to go out and execute and play because we know what’s on the line here,” Harris said. “They’re 3-5, [and] we’re 3-5, so the team who wins this game probably has a better chance of going to a bowl game.”

It’s never easy to win on the road — especially in such a difficult venue — but the Longhorns are ultimately focused on what goes on between the lines, as they try to win their third straight in Lubbock.

“When it comes down to it, it’s just Texas and Texas Tech playing, and none of those other people even matter, so it really shouldn’t affect us,” senior receiver Jaxon Shipley said.

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Kansas State shut out Texas for the first time Saturday in over a decade. 

The Longhorns only accounted for 196 yards offensively and never possessed the ball for more than 40 percent of the time of any quarter.

“We just didn’t execute; that’s the bottom line,” sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes said. “We didn’t execute, so, when you don’t execute, it puts you in a really tough position to win.”

Texas only possessed the ball 10 times, and all but two of those possessions ended with a punt. The Longhorns moved the ball less than 10 yards on six of the drives and failed to convert on two red zone opportunities.

“If you watched me on the side line, I was frustrated the whole time,“ senior wide receiver John Harris said. “Just doing those quick three and outs — that’s not us.”

For Texas Tech’s defense, Saturday was also a day that they would like to forget. The Red Raiders surrendered 82 points to No. 10 TCU, which was the most allowed in program history and the most scored ever in a Big 12 conference game.

“If I’m a coordinator, and I just gave up 82 points, then you’re trying to figure out, ‘Hey, how did this happen?’” head coach Charlie Strong said. “You’re looking at your players on defense, and they’re really feeling down because they’re giving up that many.”

But Tech’s defensive issues have lasted most of the season. Entering Saturday, the Red Raiders had allowed 44 points per game in their losses and over 460 yards per game in their first seven contests.

In contrast to the Tech defensive struggles, the Longhorn offense has been almost non-existent in their losses. Entering Saturday, they had mustered just over two touchdowns in defeats and were nearly shut out in their losses to Baylor and BYU.

“You have two teams coming off of a loss,” Strong said. “If I’m sitting there at Texas Tech, [we’re] probably figuring, ‘Hey, have this team coming in off a loss, so we need to go play well because we were embarrassed.’ Both teams were embarrassed last week.”

While the Longhorns failed to move the ball effectively and score points, that may not be the case this weekend. The Red Raiders defense has surrendered at least 21 points in every contest and 30 or more points in six of the eight games played so far.

Despite how badly Tech’s defense is statistically, the Longhorn players are anticipating maximum effort to compensate for last weekend’s beating.

“They are going to come back with a level of pride and a sense of urgency to try to forget about that loss and just try to move forward as a defense,”
Harris said.

Sophomore safety Dylan Haines is one of many key Longhorns who never saw the field under the old regime. New head coach Charlie Strong and his staff gave everyone a chance when they first arrived in Austin and several Longhorns who struggled under Mack Brown have taken advantage of the opportunity.

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At the conclusion of spring camp, Texas seemed pretty set at wide receiver. Senior Jaxon Shipley and junior Marcus Johnson looked poised to be the team’s primary pass catchers.

Six months later, and more than halfway through the season, neither Shipley nor Johnson are the team’s top receiver. That distinction belongs to senior wide receiver John Harris, who has quickly become quarterback Tyrone Swoopes’ favorite target. After four largely unremarkable seasons with the program, Harris has surprisingly emerged as the most reliable weapon on a team he nearly quit. 

“I remember — he was considering not coming back because he was disappointed in some of the things that happened in his career before we got here,” said Shawn Watson, quarterbacks coach and play caller. “He was really down and had gotten heavy.”

Swoopes and the Longhorn offense are thankful he reconsidered. 

Currently, Harris leads the team in receiving yards and has caught two-thirds of its touchdown passes. In seven games this season, he has already tripled his career touchdown reception total, more than quadrupled his career receiving yardage and snagged 40 passes after only recording nine catches in his first four years on campus. 

“He’s become the poster child for what we want in our program, I think, offensively and defensively, every coach would tell you,” Watson said. “Because he’s invested himself in our program, and he’s invested himself in what he expected to get out of it.”

Another player who has experienced a meteoric rise to relevance is sophomore safety Dylan Haines. Haines joined the program in 2012 as a walk-on but didn’t see the field in his first
two seasons.

Under the old regime, he may never have even seen the field. But with a new coaching staff in town and a couple key personnel changes, Haines took advantage of an opportunity to seize the vacant safety spot.

“He was getting picks,” Harris said of Haines’ performance in the spring. “So he earned the right, so there was nothing in my mind that didn’t think anything of it. He was making plays all spring, so he deserved it.”

Before the season opener against North Texas, Haines was rewarded with a scholarship. In that 38-7 victory, he recorded the first interception of his career — a sign of what was to come in 2014.

“The kid’s a football player; it’s that simple,” defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said. “He understands the game. He understands his strengths, and he understands his weaknesses.”

One of his strengths appears to be a penchant for the football. In last week’s 48-45 victory over Iowa State, Haines picked off his second pass of the season and proceeded to return it 74 yards for a touchdown.  

Harris’ and Haines’ impact have certainly been a surprise but not quite as shocking as the Hughes brothers’ contributions.

In last weekend’s victory over the Cyclones, sophomore offensive tackle Camrhon Hughes earned the first start of his collegiate career, debuting at right tackle. The move was a surprise because he didn’t even step on the field in his first two-and-a-half seasons on campus, but the older Hughes played well enough to be considered for a starting spot again this weekend.

Younger brother Naashon Hughes, a redshirt freshman defensive end, has played in all seven games for Texas this season. In its two most recent contests, however, he has earned the starting nod over junior Shiro Davis and sophomore Caleb Bluiett.

That’s not bad for a kid who was initially only offered a grayshirt when it appeared the Longhorns would only sign one linebacker in his class.

The Longhorns, who have not won on the road against Kansas State since 2002, have allowed an average of 42 points in their last three games in Manhattan and lost the last two by an average margin of 21.5 points.

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The last time Texas won in Manhattan, Kansas, sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes was learning to write cursive, head coach Charlie Strong was at South Carolina and people were listening to music on Walkmans.

Chris Simms threw two touchdown passes, Dusty Mangum hit the go-ahead field goal and Marcus Tubbs, who currently works on Strong’s staff, blocked a last-second Wildcat kick to seal a 17-14 victory back in 2002.

The Longhorns haven’t won in “The Little Apple” since.

“We hope to change that,” senior wide receiver John Harris said. “It was just tough for Coach Brown to beat. Maybe it’s because, when the leagues were split, the two teams didn’t play each other as much.”

The Longhorns have only been to Manhattan three times in the 12 years since they last won there. But, that alone doesn’t explain how a program like Texas, which was revered as one of the top teams in the nation for much of that span, has struggled so much against a school like Kansas State, known for its 75-year-old coach and his love of walk-ons.

In those three visiting losses to the Wildcats, the Longhorns have surrendered an average of 42 points per game, with the two most recent defeats coming by an average margin of 21.5 points.

“I think it’s more of a mental thing for the Texas team that’s been there,” Harris said. “Knowing that you haven’t won there or knowing that this team kind of has you rattled mentally is the thing we have to get over.”

This year’s trip to Manhattan, especially being Strong’s first, may be the toughest yet for the Longhorns. Kansas State comes into the game ranked No. 11 in the country and sits atop the Big 12 standings as the only team that remains undefeated in conference play.

“You admire that program because they’re just tough, smart and dependable,” Strong said. “When I say dependable — they’re a very disciplined football team: not many penalties, not many turnovers.”

As always, head coach Bill Snyder has the Wildcats playing mistake-free, hard-nosed football again in 2014.

Fresh off a 31-30 win over then-No. 11 Oklahoma last weekend, Kansas State comes into its matchup against Texas ranked 13th in the nation in scoring offense, thanks in large part to senior quarterback Jake Waters.

Waters, a prototypical dual-threat who spent two years in junior college before joining the Wildcats, has thrown for 1,431 yards and nine touchdowns this season while rushing for another 371 yards and seven scores.

“Right now, he’s playing like he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12,” senior defensive back Quandre Diggs said. “It’s just another opportunity to go out and play against a great quarterback.”

Diggs will get that opportunity Saturday, and, if all goes to plan, he and his teammates will leave Manhattan with a rare win.

Stock Up: Tyrone Swoopes

He wasn’t perfect, but Swoopes finally looked like he belonged as the starting quarterback as he outplayed Oklahoma’s Trevor Knight in the Red River Rivalry. He was terrible against Baylor at home and admitted to being nervous. That wasn’t a good sign heading into arguably Texas’ most nerve racking game of the season at the Cotton Bowl. The nerves were obvious as he threw a pick-six early on, but he bounced back very nicely, leading Texas to the end zone on the very next possession to keep the game close. And when Oklahoma went up, 31-13, Swoopes played his best football, nearly leading Texas to a come-from-behind victory. He also scampered for 50 yards and a touchdown, and that number doesn’t include the 73-yarder that got called back.

Stock Down: Marcus Johnson

The drops are starting to add up. Johnson’s numbers weren’t that bad: seven catches for 93 yards. But, dig a little deeper, and you can see he hurt Texas with some costly drops. The junior receiver was supposed to be the top deep threat for Texas this year but has fallen behind seniors Jaxon Shipley and John Harris on Swoopes’ go-to list. Even when he finally had a big catch and seemed to break free with a clear path to the end zone, Johnson kept checking over his shoulder and ran diagonally, allowing Oklahoma defenders to catch him before he could score.

Stock Up: John Harris

What a turnaround for Harris from last year. He seems to be the only receiver capable of finding the end zone, having scored six touchdowns for the Longhorns already. No other Texas receiver has a single touchdown as junior tight end M.J. McFarland is the only other player to catch a touchdown this season. After four years in the shadows, Harris is making his final year on the 40 Acres worthwhile.

Stock Up: Duke Thomas

This guy is brimming with confidence right now. After a really rough start to the year, which saw other teams pick on him, Thomas has completely turned his game around. The Sooners only completed six passes to receivers, and four of those were to junior Sterling Shepard, who was being covered by the other corner, senior Quandre Diggs. Thomas was dominant against Kansas three weeks ago and hasn’t slowed down.