- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Recognizing the best and brightest for the Texas Longhorns in Week 4 after a 31-21 win over Kansas State to begin Big 12 play:
At some point, Gray will stop being known as the guy who ran for 205 touchdowns in high school and will start being referred to as Texas’ elite No. 1 running back. We saw flashes of that on Saturday, when Gray got a career-high 28 carries and put up 141 yards and two touchdowns. His combination of power and agility is pretty hard to beat when he gets rolling, and he thrived with the expanded workload. Gray was the real deal on Saturday.
Jeffcoat was a monster in the fourth quarter, recording two critical sacks on Kansas State’s final two drives of the night. Both came on second down and were for a combined 11 lost yards, Jeffcoat, who added five total tackles and two more quarterback hurries, played up to his All-America potential against KSU.
LB Jordan Hicks
It was a real shame to see Hicks go down with a game-ending sprained ankle in the second half, because he was probably playing as well Saturday as he has in his entire career. Hicks recorded a team-high 2.5 tackles for loss and seven total tackles and was one of the key cogs in fixing Texas’ run defense up the middle. Texas’ defense did an admirable job of stepping up when he went down. There's no word yet on how long he'll be out.