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-Tigers game

Posted September 5th, 2019

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The ninth-ranked Longhorns host No. 6 LSU on Saturday (6:30 p.m., ABC). The eyes of Texas will be upon …

Chris Brown, Texas safety

Texas coach Tom Herman has boasted that he has six safeties who can start. Brown, a junior, is one of them. In fact, it was Brown instead of all-conference honoree Caden Sterns who started alongside Brandon Jones against Louisiana Tech. In his third career start, Brown had six tackles and broke up a pass. His stop of Louisiana Tech fullback Bobby Holly on a fourth-and-1 pass play also was one of the game’s key plays.

Keaontay Ingram, Texas running back

Texas expected to have six running backs to work with this year, but only Ingram is still standing as UT enters the second week of the season. Currently behind him on the depth chart are a freshman quarterback (Roschon Johnson) and a freshman linebacker (David Gbenda) from the 2019 recruiting class. A sophomore, Ingram was already UT’s most-experienced back and he ran for 78 yards in first game. Will he challenge his career high of 19 carries?

Justin Jefferson, LSU receiver

After leading LSU in receptions (54), receiving yards (875) and touchdown catches (six) in 2018, Jefferson has not slowed down. In the Tigers’ season-opening blowout over Georgia Southern, he had five catches and one touchdown. Looking good in purple and gold is a family business for the 6-3, 192-pound junior. His two older brothers played football at LSU, and Jordan Jefferson was the quarterback of the program’s 2011 NCAA runner-up team.

Rashard Lawrence, LSU defensive end

Lawrence ended last season as the defensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl, and he was named to the SEC’s preseason team this summer. He recorded only one tackle in the opener, but that sack resulted in a 12-yard loss and a lost fumble. The 308-pound end, who has been a team captain since the 2017 season, has 7.5 career sacks. The first of those came against current Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

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