THE EYES OF TEXAS ...
Three Beavers the Longhorns will be watching:
CODY VAZ, QB
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.
JORDAN POYER, CB
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.
STORM WOODS, RB
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.