Horns spread re­ceiv­ing success

Former NFL star Rod Perry molded Beavers’ sec­ondary.

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Part 7 of a col­lab­o­ra­tion by the Amer­i­canS­tates­man and The Ore­go­nian, break­ing down po­si­tion-by-po­si­tion matchups in ad­vance of the Alamo Bowl on Satur­day.

To­day’s matchup: Texas’ wide re­ceivers vs. Ore­gon State’s de­fen­sive backs.

Texas: Af­ter a quiet sopho­more sea­son, Mike Davis has put to­gether a great ju­nior year, fin­ish­ing sev­enth in the pass-happy Big 12 with 75.8 re­ceiv­ing yards per game, as well as seven touch­downs. He and Jaxon Ship­ley — Texas’ Mr. Re­li­able in terms of hands and route run­ning, with 51 catches and six TDs — are the head­lin­ers, but there’s tal­ent all over the place. Daje John­son and D.J. Mon­roe are quick-pass and en­daround threats with their elite speed, and Olympic long jumper Mar­quise Good­win can stretch a de­fense both hor­i­zon­tally and ver­ti­cally.

Ore­gon State: The Beavers have ben­e­fited hugely from the hir­ing of sec­ondary coach Rod Perry, a 24-year NFL vet- Behr says: Push. It’s the na­tion’s 43rd-rated pass­ing of­fense against the 47th-rated pass­ing de­fense. Poyer and Reynolds are dan­ger­ous, but Texas has depth.

The Ore­go­nian’s Lindsay Sch­nell says: Clear edge to the Beavers.

Wed­nes­day’s matchup: Ore­gon State’s re­ceivers vs. Texas de­fen­sive backs. eran. Cor­ner­back Jor­dan Poyer, an All-Amer­i­can, is one of the best de­fen­sive backs in the coun­try and fel­low cor­ner Rashaad Reynolds is un­der­rated. The Beavers give up 223.2 pass­ing yards, which is third-best in the Pac-12, and have 19 in­ter­cep­tions. Poyer’s seven picks are the sec­ond-most in the coun­try. The two safeties, Ryan Murphy and Tyre­quek Zim­mer­man, have im­proved steadily through­out the sea­son, and Ore­gon State has good depth.

Hookem.com’s Dave

DEB­O­RAH CAN­NON / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Texas’ Mike Davis fin­ished sev­enth in the Big 12 with 75.8 re­ceiv­ing yards per game as ju­nior. He also had seven touch­downs.

Ore­gon State’s Jor­dan Poyer is an All-Amer­i­can with seven in­ter­cep­tions.

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