Texas wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey (84) throws a touchdown pass against Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Oct. 6, 2018. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas vs. Baylor: Five questions facing the Longhorns

Posted October 12th, 2018

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Five questions facing Texas on Saturday against Baylor:

1. How will Texas use Lil’Jordan Humphrey?

Humphrey, who leads the Longhorns with 35 catches and 535 yards, is coming off a career day against Oklahoma — nine catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. Labeled a “Swiss Army knife” inside the program, the 6-4, 225-pound junior also has three carries for 20 yards. Texas has even asked him to throw it a few times, and one of those three trick tosses was a 2-yard touchdown caught by Collin Johnson.

2. Will DBU slow down Baylor’s receivers?

Baylor has two speedy receivers in Chris Platt and the versatile Jalen Hurd, and Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando has said that Bears junior Denzel Mims is the  “real deal. Going back from last year, watching him on tape and his ability to run to go along with his size and his catch radius, (he’s) as good as our guys,” he said. Those three sets of hands have combined for 91 catches, 1,230 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown (nine catches, 131 yards) and TCU’s Jalen Reagor (8-96) have had good days against the UT secondary. Allowing 233.5 yards per game, Texas ranks sixth in the Big 12 in passing defense.

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3. What will Cameron Dicker do for an encore?

After booting a 40-yard field goal to win last week’s Red River Showdown, UT freshman Cameron Dicker was named the Big 12’s special teams player of the week. In his debut season, Dicker has converted 7 of his 10 attempts. Two of those makes were 46-yarders.

Read more: Five fun facts about Dicker the Kicker

Dicker slumped after last month’s three-kick performance against USC. Can he avoid a similar letdown this week?

4. Will a Longhorn be worthy of another Big 12 honor?

Dicker hasn’t been the only Longhorn that’s been honored by the Big 12. Linebacker Gary Johnson (defensive), safety Caden Sterns (newcomer), quarterback Sam Ehlinger (offensive), returner D’Shawn Jamison (special teams) and Dicker have helped UT have all notched conference kudos over the past four weeks. Through the first six weeks, Texas is the only team to win all four of the conference’s awards. Will a Longhorn have a conference award-worthy performance against Baylor?

5. How big will the crowd be?

Thanks to a marquee schedule and the work of athletic director Chris Del Conte, Texas drew a school-record 103,507 fans for USC and then 95,124 fans for TCU. That momentum on Bevo Boulevard, though, may be stalled thanks to Texas spending two weeks away from home, the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival and a sense of Baylor-associated complacency. Texas has had senior captains Breckyn Hager and Andrew Beck plead for support on social media this week, but will the fans listen?

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