STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 17 : Wide receiver James Washington #28 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys runs off after a play against the Pittsburgh Panthers September 17, 2016 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

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The Eyes of Texas: Three Cowboys the Horns will be watching

Posted October 1st, 2016

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

Texas's John Bonney breaks up a pass intended for Oklahoma State's James Washington during the first half at Royal Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 26, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas’s John Bonney breaks up a pass intended for Oklahoma State’s James Washington during the first half at Royal Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 26, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

JAMES WASHINGTON, WR

Washington is a Texas native — he had five touchdown catches in the three Class A Division I championship games that his Stamford Bulldogs appeared in from 2011-13 — who’s doing just fine against stiffer competition. He has led Oklahoma State in catches the last two years and is averaging a Big 12-best 122.0 receiving yards per game this fall. He turned nine catches into a 296-yard day against Pittsburgh two weeks ago.

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Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) throws during an NCAA college football game between Central Arkansas and Oklahoma St in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) throws during an NCAA college football game between Central Arkansas and Oklahoma St in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

MASON RUDOLPH, QB

Rudolph, a junior, has compiled 1,296 passing yards and six touchdown passes this season (against only two interceptions). Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II and TCU’s Kenny Hill are the only Big 12 quarterbacks with more passing yards than Rudolph, who’s only two games removed from setting a single-game school record with his 540 yards against Pitt. Rudolph threw for 290 yards in last year’s meeting with Texas, but he also was intercepted twice.

WACO, TX - SEPTEMBER 24: Justice Hill #27 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates with Brad Lundblade #71 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys after scoring a touchdown against the Baylor Bears in the first half at McLane Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
WACO, TX – SEPTEMBER 24: Justice Hill #27 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates with Brad Lundblade #71 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys after scoring a touchdown against the Baylor Bears in the first half at McLane Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

JUSTICE HILL, RB

At 52.8 yards per game, Hill ranks 10th among Big 12 rushing options. The freshman from Tulsa, Okla., though, is gaining some on-field momentum. He picked up 122 of his 211 season yards in last week’s loss to Baylor, and he also scored his first-ever touchdown on a 5-yard run. For his efforts, Hill was named the Big 12’s newcomer of the week — an award twice won this season by Texas’ Shane Buechele.

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