Texas mascot Bevo on the sideline in the first half of a Big 12 Conference football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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

Posted October 5th, 2018

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The 19th-ranked Longhorns play No. 7 Oklahoma on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. The eyes of Texas will be upon …

Kris Boyd, Texas cornerback

Boyd, who earned a spot on the Big 12’s preseason team, has eight pass breakups, one interception and some memorable moments against USC and TCU. But he also struggled against Kansas State and Maryland. Such is the life of a defensive back. This week he’ll attempt to slow down an Oklahoma receiving corps that features Marquise Brown (22.7 yards per catch) and CeeDee Lamb (18.3) who have combined for 43 catches, 892 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma linebacker

Last year’s Big 12 co-defensive freshman of the year has blossomed this fall. Murray already has 64 tackles, which leads the Big 12 and ranks sixth in the country. He had 28 of those tackles in one game — against Army two weeks ago. That was a single-game school record. Murray is on pace to threaten OU’s single-season tackles record (189, Jackie Shipp), especially if the Sooners add a conference title game and bowl game to their schedule.

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Kyler Murray, Oklahoma quarterback

With longtime Longhorns antagonist Baker Mayfield now in the NFL, Oklahoma has found a new Heisman Trophy contender in Murray, the Texan who originally played at Texas A&M before transferring to Norman. Murray ranks No. 2 nationally in passing efficiency (230.6) and has thrown for 1,460 yards and 17 touchdowns. And he’s also a threat running the ball, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He threw six touchdown passes in last week’s rout of Baylor.

Charles Omenihu, Texas defensive end

Omenihu didn’t get a sack in Texas’ first two games, but did take down USC quarterback JT Daniels once and then had a breakout performance last week at Kansas State. He recorded two sacks in a three-play span in the 19-14 win over the Wildcats, and the second one resulted in a safety. The 6-6, 275-pound senior is responsible for three of UT’s seven sacks this season.

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