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

Posted October 26th, 2018

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The 6th-ranked Longhorns play Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Saturday. The eyes of Texas will be upon …

Andrew Beck, Texas tight end

Beck (strep throat) opened this week on the injury report, but Texas expects him to play. After compiling 12 catches in his first three seasons, Beck — a captain for the second year — has 15 catches for 132 yards through the first seven games. He should have fond memories of Stillwater; he recorded his first career touchdown there in 2016, a 39-yard score.

Kris Boyd, Texas cornerback

The Cowboys have thrown 17 touchdown passes but will face a formidable foe in Boyd, who was named one of 14 semifinalists this week for the Thorpe Award. (UT freshman safety Caden Sterns also made the cut.)  Boyd has nine pass breakups and one interception. In last year’s 13-10 overtime loss to Oklahoma State, Boyd recorded a career-high 13 tackles.

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Jordan Brailford, OSU defensive end

Brailford, who had five sacks in 2017, was placed on this year’s Big 12 preseason team. He’s lived up to that billing. He leads the conference with eight sacks and ranks eighth nationally. He’s failed to get the quarterback in only two of Oklahoma State’s seven games (Kansas State, Texas Tech). His best game so far came Sept. 29 against Kansas when he had three sacks and five tackles for loss. Texas has given up 10 sacks so far.

Landon Wolf, OSU receiver

The surprising transfer of Jalen McCleskey after the Cowboys’ fourth game has opened opportunities for Wolf, a sophomore walk-on from Tulsa who played on special teams last year. He’s started twice, against Kansas and Iowa State, and had six catches each time and averaged 14.9 yards per catch. For the season, he has 16 catches for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

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