Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - — Dave Behr,

Three Beavers the Longhorns will be watch­ing:


The ju­nior, who won three of the four games he started this sea­son, was named the starter last week­end, ahead of sopho­more Sean Man­nion. Vaz has thrown eight touch­downs against only one in­ter­cep­tion this sea­son. He and Man­nion bat­tled in­juries and in­con­sis­tent play, but the of­fense has been able to put up big num­bers no mat­ter who’s been un­der cen­ter; they av­er­age 316.5 pass­ing yards a game. The 6-1, 198-pound Vaz has com­pleted 60 per­cent of his passes, and his 150.5 passer rat­ing ranks among the na­tion’s elite.


The con­sen­sus Al­lAmer­i­can’s seven in­ter­cep­tions were sec­ond­most in the coun­try; the Beavers had 19 picks in all. The 6-0, 190-pound se­nior likely will be matched up of­ten with Mike Davis, David Ash’s go-to play-ac­tion deep threat. As it’s been all sea­son, ball con­trol will be key for Texas, and Poyer presents a very real threat of mak­ing Ash pay if he’s not on his mark when at­tack­ing the de­fense down­field.


The red­shirt fresh­man from Pflugerville could be Satur­day’s un­der-ther­adar Longhorns killer. Ore­gon State’s pass­ing at­tack gets a lot of at­ten­tion, but Woods is a solid back with the abil­ity to break out for a big day. Texas has been down this road be­fore, do­ing a de­cent job against West Vir­ginia’s pass­ing at­tack but al­low­ing un­her­alded An­drew Buie to rush for more than 200 yards. Woods (6-0, 202) has the same po­ten­tial.

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