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The Eyes of Texas: 3 Bears the Horns will be watching

Posted October 28th, 2017

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On Saturday against Baylor, the eyes of Texas will be upon …

John Lovett, running back

John Lovett is Baylor’s leading rusher with 403 yards, which is tied for 18th among freshman rushers in the country. In the Big 12, only one other freshman — Oklahoma’s Trey Sermon — has more yards (487). Lovett also is averaging 5.1 yards per carry and has scored 4 touchdowns. He’s also returned 3 kickoffs and has caught 6 passes. But he’s coming off a 20-yard performance against West Virginia.

Tony Nicholson, wide receiver

Tony Nicholson is Baylor’s second-leading receiver; 19 of his 28 catches have come against Big 12 opponents, and no Big 12 team has held him under 3 receptions. With Chris Platt out for the season with a knee injury and Pooh Stricklin slowed by a foot ailment, Nicholson may get more targets. After leading the Big 12 last year in punt returns with a 10.2-yard average, he’s returned only 5 this year.

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Harrison Hand, cornerback

The freshman has only 1 interception, but it’s also Baylor’s only interception — the Bears and Indiana are the only two teams on the FBS level that haven’t picked off at least two passes this season. The secondary has struggled — the Bears allow 290.6 passing yards per game — but Hand has been the unit’s standout. He’s third on the team in tackles (32) and has defended 8 passes; only Texas’ Kris Boyd (9) has more among conference players.

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