The 11th-ranked Longhorns meet No. 6 Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday (11 a.m., Fox).
The eyes of Texas will be upon …
Grant Calcaterra, Oklahoma tight end
Since he has only five catches this season, Calcaterra ranks eighth in receptions among the Sooners. Texas, though, knows what the 6-4, 227-pound junior can do. In the 2018 Big 12 title game, Calcaterra caught two touchdowns. In Todd Orlando’s two losses to Oklahoma as UT’s defensive coordinator, Oklahoma has thrown five touchdown passes. Three of those have gone to tight ends.
Cameron Dicker, Texas kicker
Dicker added his name to Longhorns lore last year when his 40-yard field goal in the waning seconds lifted Texas to a 48-45 victory over the Sooners. For his career, the sophomore has hit 22 of his 31 attempts. This season, he’s missed twice but converted on four tries. One of those makes was a 57-yarder against Rice, a kick that tied for the seventh-longest in school history.
Brandon Jones, Texas safety
A senior who flirted with the NFL in the offseason, Jones has been used as a safety and nickel back this fall. His 29 tackles and three pass breakups are both tied for the team lead. In last year’s Red River Showdown, he had nine tackles and an interception. That game was played three days after the birthday of his late father, to whom he dedicated the game.
Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma linebacker
Ahead of the season, media members who cover the Big 12 predicted that Sam Ehlinger would be the conference’s offensive player of the year. Murray, meanwhile, was tabbed as the preseason MVP on defense. Both players have lived up to that billing. Murray leads Oklahoma with 37 tackles. He also has 1.5 sacks and two pass breakups for a defense allowing 19 points per game.