The Eyes of Texas: Four players to watch in Saturday’s Longhorns-Trojans game

Posted September 14th, 2018


The Longhorns host No. 22 USC on Saturday night. The eyes of Texas will be upon …

Chase McGrath, USC kicker

McGrath has made six of his seven field goal attempts; only Utah State’s Dominik Eberle and North Texas’ Cole Hedlund have converted more. McGrath already has nailed kicks from 47 and 46 yards. Texas fans should remember the sophomore from last year’s game. Then a walk-on freshman, he tied the game with a 31-yard field goal at the end of regulation. Then his 43-yarder in the second overtime won the game for the Trojans.

Caden Sterns, Texas safety

Sterns, a five-star recruit from Cibolo Steele, already has two starts at safety. In last week’s 28-21 win over Tulsa, he also snagged the first interception of his career. “We all knew when he came in that he was ready to be under the lights,” defensive tackle Chris Nelson said this week. Sterns has had four tackles in each of his firs two games. Six of those have been solo stops.


Tre Watson, Texas running back

With freshman Keaontay Ingram unlikely to play because of a knee injury, Watson should be the main man in UT’s backfield. A graduate transfer, Watson leads Texas with 126 rushing yards. Last week’s 11-yard touchdown catch was also his first score as a Longhorn. Watson grew up in California and wears No. 5 because of Reggie Bush. While playing for Cal in 2016, he caught a touchdown pass against the Trojans.

Aca’Cedric Ware, USC running back

Ware is USC’s most experienced running back, but he had previously been a role player in the offense. He’s averaging 5.7 yards per carry and has rushed for a team-high 159 yards — 100 of those yards came in a season-opening win over UNLV. Ware, who’s from Cedar Hill, is one of five Texans on USC’s roster. He didn’t touch the football in last year’s double-overtime win over Texas.