Each week, HornsNation will rank Texas' top 10 performers of the season up to this point:
1. DE Alex Okafor
Best Longhorn on the field Saturday night. Single-handledly kept Texas in the game with two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal. WVU offense doesn’t get out of rhythm without his pass rush.
2. DE Jackson Jeffcoat
Managed to sneak into the end zone on his fumble recovery for a game-changing score. Put impressive pressure on Geno Smith and is beginning to play like a first-round NFL talent.
3. QB David Ash
Another poised and nearly mistake-free performance. Ash is playing with a lot of confidence right now, and teammates are calling him a leader. You can make the argument he’s the Big 12’s third-best QB right now.
4. WR Jaxon Shipley
As steady as it gets. WVU couldn’t cover him when it needed to and not many defenses can. Leads team in catches and has established himself as someone who doesn’t drop the ball.
5. S Kenny Vaccaro
Couldn’t keep up with Tavon Austin at times, but then again, who can? Led Texas in tackles and didn’t let West Virginia burn UT secondary with any deep balls. A leader who sets the tone for the defense.
6. RB Johnathan Gray
Workload keeps expanding and he keeps taking advantage. Texas run game still got the job done without Malcolm Brown thanks to Gray’s productivity. Now averaging nearly 5.2 yards per carry.
7. RB Joe Bergeron
Might be one of the best short-yardage backs in college football. Seven of his nine TD runs have come from 2 yards or less. With Brown sidelined, no back is more important for keeping offense on track.
8. LB Jordan Hicks
The Longhorns need him back soon. The leader of the linebacker room is sorely missed in run support. Texas is just too inconsistent at the second level without him.
9. CB Quandre Diggs
There’s a reason why you didn’t see much from Diggs this weekend. West Virginia knew not to throw his way. Has established himself as team’s most reliable DB.
10. DT Chris Whaley
Did a little bit of everything vs. WVU: Seven tackles, 1.5 for loss, a quarterback hurry and the big fumble recovery in the fourth quarter. Making a difference in UT’s tackle rotation.