Monday, November 5, 2012
The Texas 10: Week 10
By HornsNation staff
Each week, HornsNation will rank Texas' top 10 performers of the season up to this point:
1. David Ash: The quarterback bounced back from his outing at Kansas to prove what a vital part of the offense and team he has become. Ash now has 15 touchdowns against just five interceptions and has completed 68 percent of his passes.
2. Alex Okafor: Maybe more important than what he has done on the field, Okafor has stepped up off the field and started to become the leader Texas needs on the defense. The senior spurred the defense on with a halftime speech at Kansas and continued to let his emotions show and guide the defense against Texas Tech.
3. Mike Davis: The wide receiver has six catches of 25 or more yards in the last four games. He is consistently beating his man off the ball and has allowed the Texas pass offense to stretch the field.
4. Johnathan Gray: The freshman running back has put together back-to-back 100 yard games and is giving Texas the necessary yardage on first down to keep the team on schedule in its play calling.
5. Steve Edmond: The linebacker has played his best three games in the last three games. His breakup of a Seth Doege pass at the start of the fourth quarter allowed the defense to hold the Red Raiders and the offense to get back in the game.
6. Carrington Byndom: The cornerback has had a rough time this year and still had some plays against Texas Tech where is appeared as if he had blown the coverage or refused to tackle. But when it came to crunch time, Byndom knocked away the crucial two-point conversion attempt and blocked a field goal attempt.
7. Daje Johnson: The running back is not getting the touches that maybe he should. He only had four against Texas Tech. But just the threat of him getting the ball has kept defenses off balance and allowed Texas to do different things on offense.
8. Kenny Vaccaro: The safety didn’t have a stellar game statistically. He had just four tackles. But he continues to serve as a leader on the defense and also has been able to position players in the right spots to be successful.
9. Donald Hawkins: The left tackle protected Ash’s blindside and allowed him the time he needed on just about every pass. Ash was not sacked and when he was flushed from the pocket was able to rely on Hawkins to come back and pick up another block to spring him free.
10. Nick Rose: The kicker is back on the list because he is back to putting the ball into the end zone. Rose was 5-of-6 on touchbacks against Texas Tech. Given that the Longhorns have dipped dramatically in kick coverage since the start of the season, Rose’s ability to put the ball into the end zone should prove vital in the last three weeks.