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 Friday’s Longhorns-Red Raiders game

Posted November 28th, 2019


The Longhorns host Texas Tech on Friday (11 a.m., FOX). The eyes of Texas will be upon …


John Burt, Texas receiver

You may be hard-pressed to find someone who has enjoyed being a Longhorn more than the photogenic Burt, a fifth-year senior who was also a standout hurdler on Texas’ track team. Burt has been a role player on offense and special teams this season, but his six starts lead all of Texas’ “Z” receivers. He has caught five passes and scored on a 13-yard play against West Virginia. This will be Burt’s 50th career game.


Douglas Coleman III, Texas Tech safety

Coleman’s eight interceptions are tied for the second-most in school history. (Elmer Tarbox intercepted 11 passes in 1938). He and San Diego State’s Luq Barcoo are currently the NCAA’s co-leaders and he owns a three-pick cushion in the Big 12 standings.  A senior, Coleman has intercepted 11 passes in his college career. A 100-yard play against UT in 2016 is one of his two touchdowns off fumble returns.

Brandon Jones, Texas safety

With two games to go, Jones is battling linebacker Joseph Ossai for the team’s total tackles title. If Jones can overcome that three-tackle deficit, he’ll become the first defensive back to lead UT in tackles since Kenny Vaccaro in 2012. Jones, who is a senior captain, has also intercepted two passes, recovered a fumble and forced a fumble. Jones has missed UT’s last two games against Texas Tech.

SaRodorick Thompson, Texas Tech running back

After appearing in four games during last year’s redshirt season, Thompson has emerged this fall. He has rushed 144 times for a team-high 679 yards. He also has run for 11 touchdowns, which ranks behind only Oklahoma State star Chuba Hubbard’s 20 and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts’ 17 in the Big 12. A 153-yard outburst against Baylor on Oct. 12 has been Thompson’s only 100-yard game.