Horns spread receiving success
Former NFL star Rod Perry molded Beavers’ secondary.
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.
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.