THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON …
Three Aggies the Longhorns will be watching:
GERMI MORRISON, RB
Morrison went from a non-starter at the beginning of 2012 to becoming New Mexico State’s leading rusher by the end of the season. He finished with 767 yards — 66 more than Johnathan Gray, who led Texas — and a healthy 4.8-yards per carry average, starting the final seven games. The Aggies have a new head coach and a new quarterback, so Morrison may be leaned upon in the opener.
TRASHAUN NIXON, LB
Nixon, a solid pass rusher, led the Aggies in sacks (three) and was second in tackles (96) last year. The 6-1, 235-pound senior linebacker also had 6.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and an interception. He’s one of five seniors on the Aggies’ front seven. Expect a lot of blitzing from their 3-4 scheme; Nixon is the most likeliest to be chasing David Ash.
CAYLE CHAPMAN-BROWN, P
Yes, a punter makes this list. Chapman-Brown is on the Ray Guy Award watch list. He was 16th in the nation last year, averaging 44.3 yards per punt, and was an All-WAC second-team selection. The senior from Australia could be important for field position purposes if the Aggies struggle to maintain drives against Texas.
— Dave Behr