The Longhorns’ home opener is Saturday night against Tulsa. The eyes of Texas will be upon …
Calvin Anderson, Texas left tackle
Anderson, the graduate transfer from Rice, started at Connor Williams’ old spot in his first UT game. Texas produced 142 rushing yards and 263 passing yards, Sam Ehlinger was sacked only once and the offensive line drew only one holding penalty. Tulsa ranked 121st nationally in sacks and 127th in rushing defense last year, which should give Anderson more time to adjust to his new life as a Longhorn.
Shamari Brooks, Tulsa running back
Brooks’ 687 rushing yards last year was a school record for a true freshman, and it came in an injury-shortened season. Three of his four 100-yard performances were logged in consecutive games. Brooks may have started a new 100-yard games streak in Tulsa’s 38-27 opening win over Central Arkansas when he ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns. In his only other game against a Big 12 school, Brooks rushed for 28 yards against Oklahoma State last year.
Justin Hobbs, Tulsa receiver
Hobbs, who was placed on the Biletnikoff Award’s preseason watch list, caught three passes in the opener. He also scored Tulsa’s first touchdown of the season on a 49-yard catch. The senior needs just 229 yards to crack the school’s top-10 list for career receiving yards, and his 2,127 yards have him within reach of Howard Twilley’s school record of 3,343.
Gary Johnson, Texas linebacker
Johnson’s start to his senior season — he’s been tabbed to replace Malik Jefferson at the rover spot — was cut short by a targeting penalty last week. But since he was ejected in the first half, he won’t have to miss any of the Tulsa game. Johnson, who logged only three tackles against the Terrapins, will be kept busying by a Tulsa team that ran on 63 of the 87 snaps in its season opener.