THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON …
Three Wildcats the Longhorns will be watching
TRE WALKER, LB
Ty Zimmerman — Kansas State’s All-Big 12 safety — is the most decorated Wildcat on defense, but it’s Walker who’ll have Texas’ attention. The senior, who was one of five players that head coach Bill Snyder named as a team captain, said this summer that the Longhorns “laid down” during Kansas State’s 42-24 win last year. This game is already big enough for Texas. If Walker’s statement doesn’t fire the Longhorns up, what will?
DANIEL SAMS, QB
Great. A mobile quarterback — Texas’ worst enemy. Sams is behind junior college transfer Jake Waters on the depth chart, but Snyder plans to play his dual-threat sophomore against what has been a porous Texas rushing defense (“That is quite obvious,” Snyder said this week). Sams, who’s 6-2, 207, is the team’s second-leading rusher with 157 yards and three touchdowns on 21 attempts. That’s an average of 7.5 yards per carry. Quarterbacks have had 29 carries against Texas the past two weeks, for 316 yards and four touchdowns.
JOHN HUBERT, RB
Hubert’s the other threat coming out of the backfield. He scored three touchdowns against Texas last year and is climbing into the top 10 of multiple school career rushing marks, in his final season. Through three games, Hubert (5-7, 191) has rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns.
— Dave Behr