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

Posted November 9th, 2018

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The 19th-ranked Longhorns play Texas Tech in Lubbock on Saturday night. The eyes of Texas will be upon …

John Bonney, Texas Tech defensive back

Texas fans already know Bonney — he was a Longhorn from 2014-17 before joining Texas Tech this August as a graduate transfer. Tech has welcomed Bonney; he’s started seven games and has 26 tackles and two forced fumbles. Is there any ill will with his former team? Doesn’t sound like it, from either side. “It will be fun to give him a big hug,” UT coach Tom Herman said.

Ja’Deion High, Texas Tech receiver

High, a sixth-year senior, had only 21 career catches heading into this season. But he has 47 so far this fall, averaging 13.1 yards per catch with three touchdowns. He had 100-yard games against Houston and West Virginia and his 62-yard touchdown in a mid-October win at TCU is Texas Tech’s second-longest pass play this season.

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Tre Watson, Texas running back

The graduate transfer from Cal nearly ended up in Lubbock, not Austin. He considered both schools before choosing Texas over Texas Tech back in May. He and freshman Keaontay Ingram have been the top options in UT’s backfield, and the elder statesman is averaging 3.9 yards per carry. He scored twice (one run, one catch) in last week’s 42-41 loss to West Virginia. His three touchdown catches trail only Biletnikoff Award candidates Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey for UT.

Anthony Wheeler, Texas linebacker

Wheeler was suspended for the start of last week’s game against West Virginia, but he still led the Longhorns with eight tackles. The senior captain has recorded at least seven tackles in each of his last three games. He now ranks behind only Gary Johnson with 54 tackles. Wheeler has started 24 times in his career, but Saturday should mark his first-ever start against the Red Raiders.

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