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What to watch this weekend

11/3/2011

Texans ready for Bama-LSU showdown

College football’s game of the year will take place Saturday night, as No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama will play for the top spot in the BCS standings.

Thousands of fans will be in attendance, and millions could be watching on television. Three recruits from Texas will be watching, as well. Quarterback Alec Morris (Allen, Texas/Allen) has committed to Alabama, while defensive end Danielle Hunter (Katy, Texas/Morton Ranch) and Jalen Mills (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) have committed to LSU.

“I want to play against the best when I get there,” Mills said. “I can’t wait for games like that.”

Another player outside of Texas to keep an eye on this weekend will be Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest). The five-star receiver has an offer from each school, and while Oklahoma and Arkansas are frontrunners in his recruiting process, LSU and Alabama are still major players in the game.

Who takes over as Union RB?

As Tulsa (Okla.) Union prepares to make a run for a fourth consecutive Oklahoma Class 6A title, it may have to do so without its top rusher.

Class of 2013 running back Kendall Holmes has been suspended indefinitely from the team. Holmes, who has rushed for 933 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, has garnered interest from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.

“He could return at a later date,” Union coach Kirk Fridrich told the Tulsa World.

Holmes’ suspension comes at a most inopportune time, as Union is preparing for its regular-season finale on the road against Stillwater (Okla.). The game has major district-championship implications, as Stillwater (8-1) is unbeaten in district play, while Union (8-1) has only one district loss.

So who takes over in the backfield? Fridrich said senior Javon Bowler will take the majority of the carries. Bowler is healthy after missing two games with a concussion.

Can Mullen repeat as Colorado champ?

Denver Mullen, the three-time defending Colorado Class 5A state champion, enters the playoffs with a 7-2 record. While Mullen is still the team to beat, some wonder if the Mustangs have the tools to win a fourth straight title.

It’s a question that Mullen would love to answer to its critics, and its quest for another championship begins Friday. Mullen plays Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Mountain Vista in a first-round game. The Mustangs are looking to get back to its winning ways after falling to Littleton (Colo.) Columbine, 24-21, last week.

Offensively, Washington commit Cyler Miles has accounted for more than 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns at quarterback. Five players have at least 100 rushing yards, and five have at least 140 receiving yards. Defensively, junior linebacker Patrick Healy and defensive tackle and Colorado commit Tyler Henington lead a group that has recorded 25 sacks and 10 interceptions.

Athlete overflow in Arlington

Arlington, Texas, is the home of the Dallas Cowboys, as well as the home of the Texas high school football state championships. During district play, Arlington also is the home of several BCS-bound players or those receiving heavy interest in the recruiting process.

Arlington High plays Bowie in a regular-season finale Friday evening. Arlington is led by running back Tavarreon Dickerson, who holds offers from North Texas, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Indiana, Texas State, Utah State and Louisiana Tech. Arlington also has quarterback Joshua Greer, who has yet to receive an offer but is getting interest from SMU, North Texas, Utah State, Purdue and Arkansas.

Bowie features Arizona State commit Russell Hansbrough at running back, TCU commit Kolby Listenbee calling plays and North Carolina commit Jessie Rogers leading the line at defensive end. Highly touted defensive tackle Demonte Hood has narrowed his list to Arkansas, Kansas and Kansas State, and linebacker Jaquirous Jackson has offers from UTEP, Houston and Tulsa.

Missouri DB gunning for 10 INTs

The greater St. Louis area has quality athletes, and one of them has a legitimate shot at reaching the 10-interception mark during the postseason.

Sophomore defensive back Karon Thomas (Maplewood, Mo./Maplewood-Richmond Heights) has nine interceptions on the season. Thomas helped Richmond Heights earn a 38-0 shutout win over Principia (St. Louis, Mo.). He will have a chance at pick No. 10 when MRH plays Brentwood in a rematch of a regular-season game on Sept. 2. Thomas returned a pick for a 28-yard touchdown in that game, which MRH won, 55-0.

Entering Wednesday’s playoffs, seven St. Louis-area players – which include Missouri and Illinois players – have at least seven interceptions. Seventeen athletes have six picks.