TEXAS VS. OREGON STATE: FIVE QUESTIONS
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?
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Kenny Vaccaro (trying to stop TCU’s Matthew Tucker) was a first-team All-America selection by Pro Football Weekly.