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-Cyclones game

Posted November 16th, 2018

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The 15th-ranked Longhorns host No. 16 Iowa State on Saturday. The eyes of Texas will be upon …

Sam Ehlinger, Texas quarterback

Ehlinger has been on a real tear. He broke Geno Smith’s Big 12 record of consecutive pass attempts without an interception in last week’s 41-34 win at Texas Tech — he threw the game-winning 28-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left. The sophomore has now thrown 280 straight passes without a pick, an active streak that dates back to the end of the season opener. Texas, which has been playing football since 1893, has produced only six quarterbacks who’ve thrown for 3,000 yards in a season. Ehlinger, with 2,483 yards through 10 games, is on pace to become the seventh.

Charlie Kolar, Iowa State tight end

Kolar has only seven catches this season, but he’s made those seven catches count. Three of those seven have been touchdowns and the other four have gone for first downs. The 6-6, 250-pound redshirt freshman didn’t score last week against Baylor, but his three receptions for 44 yards were both career highs. Texas and Iowa State aren’t the fiercest of rivals, but there likely isn’t any love lost between Kolar and the Longhorns. Why? He grew up in Norman, Okla.

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P.J. Locke III, Texas defensive back

Locke has been mostly used as a nickel back, but a rash of injuries in the secondary has forced Texas to move him around in the defensive backfield. He injured his toe last week in Lubbock, but returned to finish out the game. He’s third on the team in tackles (60) and has forced two fumbles this season. He’ll be playing his final home game along with his fellow seniors.

Brian Peavy, Iowa State defensive back

Peavy was an all-conference selection last year — and a honorable mention pick in 2015 and 2016 — but his stats have underwhelmed this season. He has 34 tackles and has yet to get an interception. He has, however, broken up a team-high eight passes and has forced two fumbles. Iowa State, which is giving up 235 yards per game, boasts the third-best passing defense in the Big 12.

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