Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - RALPH BARRERA / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

1. Will D.J. Mon­roe get more car­ries than he did in the reg­u­lar sea­son?

Ar­guably the two most ex­plo­sive play­mak­ers on the Texas of­fense are Mon­roe and Daje John­son, who com­bined to av­er­age only 3.6 car­ries in the 12 reg­u­larsea­son games. Mack Brown an­nounced Fri­day that John­son might miss the bowl game with back spasms. New play-caller Ma­jor Applewhite said one of his im­me­di­ate goals is to get the ball into the hands of his play­mak­ers. So that could be Mon­roe, who av­er­aged 9.6 yards per carry on his 16 rushes. 2. Can David Ash keep the ball out of Jor­dan Poyer’s hands?

Poyer, Ore­gon State’s All-Amer­ica se­nior cor­ner­back, sup­plied seven of the Beavers’ 19 in­ter­cep­tions this sea­son, ty­ing him for sec­ond na­tion­ally. Ash had a solid 17-7 touch­downs-to-in­ter- cep­tions ra­tio this year, but six of his picks came in his fi­nal six games — two each against Ok­la­homa, Kansas and TCU. 3. Can the Texas sec­ondary hold Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks to fewer than 200 com­bined re­ceiv­ing yards?

The prolific OSU wide­outs av­er­aged 193.9 re­ceiv­ing yards per game this sea­son. Wheaton, an All-Pac-12 first-teamer, led the way with 88 catches for 1,207 yards, an av­er­age of 100.6 per game. Cooks caught 64 passes for 1,120 yards. The Longhorns al­lowed 213.5 pass­ing yards per game this year, rank­ing third in the Big 12. 4. Will Kenny Vac­caro and Alex Okafor close out their col­lege ca­reers the way they hope?

As the only se­niors on

Kenny Vac­caro (try­ing to stop TCU’s Matthew Tucker) was a first-team All-Amer­ica se­lec­tion by Pro Foot­ball Weekly.

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