- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
Each week, HornsNation will rank Texas' top 10 performers of the season up to this point:
1. LB Jordan Hicks
He hasn’t played in three games but his importance to the team cannot be underestimated. Texas desperately needs him to help with its run defense and overall maturity.
2. RB Johnathan Gray
If David Ash is unable to go against Baylor, and with Malcolm Brown’s status up in the air, the Longhorns could rely on Gray to keep the Bears offense off the field as much as possible.
3. QB Case McCoy
If David Ash’s injury is as serious as it looked, McCoy is going to be thrown into the fire against a Baylor team that should be able to put up plenty of points against this Texas defense. Will he be able to produce having not played much this season?
4. CB Quandre Diggs
He didn’t play his best game against OU (no one did) but has been Texas’ most consistent cornerback all season. There’s no time to sulk with Baylor’s aerial assault coming to town. He’ll get tested like he was against the Sooners.
5. RB Daje Johnson
He can provide a spark on offense anytime he gets the ball in his hands, so Texas needs to get the ball in his hands. Averaged 10.2 yards per carry on four rushes against OU.
6. S Kenny Vaccaro
The last two weeks haven’t been Vaccaro’s best but he is still one of the emotional leaders on the team, and emotion needs to be at a premium from here on out if Texas wants to right this ship.
7. DE Alex Okafor
Only recorded one tackle against Oklahoma but that’s one week after he was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. Expect a hungry and focused Okafor against the Bears.
8. WR Mike Davis
Davis has stepped up this season as a legitimate deep threat for the Longhorns. He was one of the few bright spots on offense against Oklahoma, catching five passes for 89 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown.
9. DT Brandon Moore
Big fella’s status for the Baylor game is uncertain after his injury against Oklahoma, but he made the biggest impact of any Texas defensive lineman before his injury in the third quarter. Final stats: five tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one sack and one pass breakup. He’s needed to plug up the middle.
10. TE M.J. McFarland – Has proved he can be a fairly reliable passing option over the past two weeks. It’s a welcomed sign considering production from tight end has been minimal for some time at Texas, especially given McCoy’s penchant for using his TEs.