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

Posted September 21st, 2018

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The Longhorns host No. 17 TCU on Saturday. The eyes of Texas will be upon …

Ben Banogu, TCU defensive end

Banogu’s stats through three games — five tackles, four quarterback hurries — aren’t anything to write home about. But don’t forget that Banogu is this year’s Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year pick, so the senior has earned some respect. Banogu posted 8.5 sacks last year in his first season at TCU (he transferred in from Louisiana-Monroe in 2016), including two against UT’s Shane Buechele.

Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas wide receiver

Humphrey is Texas’ leader in receptions (17) and receiving yards (275) and he’s had a catch of at least 40 yards each of the past two weeks. As the Longhorns showed in the spring game — and on two plays so far this season — the versatile 6-4, 220-pound junior is also a rushing option. He threw three passes last year as well. In last year’s loss at TCU, Humphrey had a team-high 109 receiving yards.

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Gary Johnson, Texas linebacker

The Big 12 recognized Johnson’s performance against USC, naming him the conference’s defensive player of the week. He had six tackles, including four tackles for loss, and also recorded a sack and a forced fumble. Texas held the Trojans to minus-5 rushing yards, which was the first time since 2011 that UT held an opponent to a negative rushing total.

KaVonatae Turpin, TCU wide receiver

Texas fans have had their eye on the 5-9, 157-pound playmaker since he had four touchdown catches in the 50-7 blowout in Fort Worth in 2015. Turpin, now a senior, has 12 catches this season with one touchdown; he’s averaging 10.4 yards per catch. He also is a threat in the return game — he has scored a school-record five times on special teams in his career.

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