Opin­ions split on Beavers vs. Horns

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Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Con­tin­ued from C Bohls and Golden are split on Manny Diaz’s re­turn.

dis­tract this team. The de­vel­op­ments also could mo­ti­vate the play­ers to show they’re on the right track.

Golden: It will be­come as big of a dis­trac­tion as the Horns al­low it to be­come. Brown sus­pended four play­ers be­fore the 2000 Cot­ton Bowl, and the team did not play well in their ab­sence, los­ing 27-6 to Arkansas. The guess here is Texas will play well tonight.

3. Who’s the high­est NFL draft pick play­ing in this game?

Bohls: I think Ore­gon’s shut­down cor­ner, Jor­dan Poyer, could go in the first two rounds, but Texas’ Kenny Vac­caro may be the best safety in this draft. He has proven to be a ver­sa­tile player who can stick with op­po­nents’ best re­ceivers from the nickel po­si­tion. He can be a pun­ish­ing tack­ler as well and fig­ures to have a long NFL ca­reer af­ter go­ing late in the first round.

Golden: Vac­caro, whose big-hit abil­ity and cover skills should be on dis­play for all to see. He could sneak into the first round of the draft, along with team­mate Alex Okafor.

4. Which Longhorn could have a break­out per­for­mance?

Bohls: While we have seen glimpses of his abil­ity, fresh­man line­backer Peter Jinkens is poised to have a break­out game against Ore­gon State. He runs well and de­liv­ers big hits, lead­ing Texas de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Manny Diaz to say Jinkens “has added a lit­tle bit of spunk.”

Golden: Since this will be largely an of­fen­sive game, ex­pect the wide re­ceivers to take cen­ter stage. Fresh­man Cayleb Jones made a cou­ple of high­light-reel plays dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son; look for him to be on the end on a long pass play against the Beavers.

5. Will this be Manny Diaz’s last game as Texas’ de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor?

Bohls: Pre­sum­ably. His de­ci­sion to with­draw his name from con­sid­er­a­tion for the Florida In­ter­na­tional head coach­ing

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