For Texas defensive end Breckyn Hager, it’s rivalry week in a multitude of ways.
Fuse the two together — and mix in the memory of a four-year-old loss that still stings — and you get a sense for the emotion coursing through Hager this week. He talked about it at Monday’s press conference:
UT lb/de, Breckyn Hager learned about OU rivalry due to his Longhorn legend dad. Hager is also salty about OU qb, Baker Mayfield pic.twitter.com/c7C9ntOW43
— Shawn Clynch (@ShawnC_ATX) October 5, 2016
Hager gets his first chance at revenge on Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield since the former Lake Travis star delivered a 97-yard bomb to beat Hager’s Chaparrals in 2012. Mayfield was then a senior, while Hager was a sophomore linebacker at Westlake.
Now, Mayfield is a senior at Oklahoma, and Hager is a sophomore defensive end for the Longhorns. It’s just another twist in the tale of two historically great rivalries.
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