Each week, HornsNation will rank Texas' top 10 performers of the season up to this point:
1. DE Alex Okafor: The ankle injury Okafor suffered against TCU served as a necessary reminder that he’s the most irreplaceable cog of this Texas defense, both in performance and leadership.
2. S Kenny Vaccaro: Had a strong senior night, leading Texas with 10 tackles and playing all over the field. No Longhorns defender gets asked to do more in a game than Vaccaro on a weekly basis.
3. WR Jaxon Shipley: Finished with a game-high 80 receiving yards on six catches. He’s as reliable as ever and nearly impossible to stop over the middle. And he’s only a sophomore.
4. RB Johnathan Gray: Undeniably the Longhorns’ best back at this point. Gray leads all Big 12 freshmen in rushing and was heavily involved early on vs. TCU.
6. LB Steve Edmond: Getting better every week. Texas’ run defense took a pounding, but Edmond did his job and filled his gaps consistently.
7. WR Mike Davis: Made some plays over the middle and recorded six catches, but you wonder why Texas didn’t send him deep more and take some shots.
9. RB/WR D.J. Monroe: One of Texas’ biggest weapons, but he had little to no involvement in the offensive scheme again. Get him the ball.
10. RB Daje Johnson: See above.