- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Recognizing the best and brightest for the Texas Longhorns in Week 2 after a 40-21 loss at BYU:
WR Mike Davis
Well, coming up with five solid performances this week was a tough task. One helmet sticker has to go to Davis, one of the only difference-makers Texas had all night. He caught eight passes for 114 yards, including touchdowns of 57 and 23 yards. For a little while, his scores inspired some hope that Texas could make this a fight.
What a long, busy night for Texas’ kicker/punter. Fera punted eight times and had a few big ones, including a long of 61 and four that were downed inside the BYU 20-yard line. He also had no touchbacks for those eight kicks. Texas might’ve had some field-position advantages vs. BYU had its defense made more stops.
QB David Ash
Look, there will be a faction of the Texas fan base who will say Texas can’t win big with Ash or even blame him for this game. This one’s not his fault. He had no protection for most of the night and had to scramble and run the ball 16 times. Ash threw for 251 yards and two scores, but there’s no doubt he got out of rhythm late in the game. No word yet on whether the head injury that knocked him out of the game is serious, but Texas is in trouble if he has to miss games.
LB Jordan Hicks
Guess we’ll have to look closer at the tape to see if this was a solid performance from Hicks, but he did lead Texas with 15 tackles, including eight solo stops. Considering BYU was able to run the ball 72 times and record 99 plays on offense, maybe 15 wasn’t such a hard number to hit.
When in doubt, throw it to the safety blanket of the Longhorn offense. Shipley recorded eight receptions for 105 yards and picked up first downs on half of his catches. His stats were padded bit by a 45-yard hookup with Case McCoy in the game’s final minute, but there’s no doubt Shipley did everything asked of him tonight.
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