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)


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

Posted November 21st, 2019


The Longhorns travel to 14th-ranked Baylor on Saturday (2:30 p.m. CST, FS1). The eyes of Texas will be upon …


Malcolm Epps, Texas receiver

Collin Johnson’s hamstring injuries this fall have led to ample playing time for Epps, the 6-6, 245-pound redshirt freshman who has started five times. Johnson has been given a doubtful designation for this week. Epps has 15 catches so far. Last week, his 7-yard touchdown catch gave Texas a late lead in what ended up being a 23-21 loss to Iowa State.


Jalen Green, Texas cornerback

Green opened the season as an unquestioned starter in the secondary, but that momentum has been slowed by a dislocated shoulder that made him miss three games and a targeting penalty against Kansas State that forced him to miss the first half of last week’s Iowa State game. Green has started five times and has appeared in seven games. The Houston-raised sophomore is still looking for his first career interception, but his 2019 stats include 23 tackles and four pass breakups.

John Lovett, Baylor running back

Lovett is not Baylor’s defined starter since JaMycal Hasty and Trestan Ebner are also listed as possibilities on the depth chart. But his 537 rushing yards do lead the team and he is averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He has scored on 13-, 19-, 25- and 46-yard runs. Lovett opened the year with a 108-yard night but he got only one carry last week against Oklahoma.

James Lynch, Baylor defensive end

Lynch, a junior and a Round Rock native, is a force for a Baylor defense that’s allowing 20.5 points and 356.2 yards per game. He has forced two fumbles , blocked two kicks and swatted away four passes. His 8.5 sacks lead the Big 12 and rank 13th nationally. Lynch needs one sack to break Shawn Oakman’s school record for career sacks (17.5).