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)

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

Posted October 18th, 2019

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The 15th-ranked Longhorns host Kansas on Saturday (6 p.m., LHN). The eyes of Texas will be upon …

Hasan Defense, Kansas cornerback

It may be tough to find a defender with a better name than Defense, a senior who has started 26 times for the Jayhawks. Defense has intercepted six passes in his career. Those interceptions have resulted in 192 return yards, a total that trails only Aqib Talib’s 322 yards in the KU record books. Kansas’ first points in 2019 were scored off of Defense’s 57-yard interception return against Indiana State.

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Sam Ehlinger, Texas quarterback

Surprisingly, Kansas is one of the few Big 12 teams that Ehlinger doesn’t have a signature moment against. Ehlinger did not start against Kansas in 2017. He accounted for three touchdowns in last year’s 24-17 win, but he only threw for 154 yards and Kansas intercepted him twice. (Ehlinger was picked off five times during the entire season). Six games into his junior year, Ehlinger has passed for 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Ta’Quon Graham, Texas defensive end

With Malcolm Roach sidelined for a half due to a targeting penalty, Graham will become the most-veteran presence on UT’s defensive line. A junior with eight starts on his resume, Graham has been inconsistent this season. Graham started but had one combined tackle in his games against Louisiana Tech and West Virginia. Against Oklahoma State, he broke up a pass and stopped 2.5 Cowboys behind the line of scrimmage.

Andrew Parchment, Kansas receiver

For the first time since 2016, Kansas’ leading receiver will not be Steven Sims, Jr., who’s now with the Washington Redskins. Parchment appears to be the heir apparent. Through six games, the junior leads the team in receptions (32), receiving yards (422) and touchdowns (four). Parchment, a newcomer who previously played at Northern Illinois and Iowa Central Community College, has three 100-yard games this season.

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