K-State-Texas football preview

09/19/2013 3:43 PM

09/19/2013 3:43 PM

When/where:

7 p.m. Saturday at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin

TV/radio:

ABC (Chs. 2, 9); WHB (810 AM)

The series:

K-State leads 8-5

The line:

Texas by 5 1/2

K-STATE (2-1, 0-0 Big 12) What’s at stake

The winner can say it is a contender in the Big 12 Conference race. The loser may struggle to reach a bowl game.

Cheers if ...

K-State’s offensive line builds off its last game in which it paved the way for 329 rushing yards. The Wildcats need to have a strong running attack.

Jeers if ...

The Wildcats continue to struggle to stop third-down conversions. Texas has better athletes and a faster tempo than any offense they have faced. They can’t allow it to build confidence with sustained drives.

Three things about Texas

1 The Longhorns are battling injuries. Receiver Daje Johnson has been ruled out for Saturday’s game, and starting QB David Ash (who didn’t attend last week’s game while he recovered from a concussion) is listed as questionable.

2 Texas could look different on defense than it has in previous games. Mack Brown reassigned former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz following a loss to BYU, and his replacement, Greg Robinson, has now been on the job for a full two weeks.

3 Texas has struggled mightily on defense, but its offense has played well. It is averaging more than 490 yards. Its problem is consistency. Last week, it scored all 23 of its points in the first half.

Key matchup

Daniel Sams vs. the Texas front seven:

Running quarterbacks have feasted on the Longhorns’ defense this season. Sams needs to do the same when he is in the game. If he runs for big yardage, that will open up holes for John Hubert and make things easier in the passing game.

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 30 North Dakota State L, 24-21
Sept. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette W, 48-27
Sept. 14 Massachusetts W, 37-7
Sept. 21 at Texas 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Oklahoma State TBA
Oct. 12 Baylor TBA
Oct. 26 West Virginia TBA
Nov. 2 Iowa State TBA
Nov. 9 at Texas Tech TBA
Nov. 16 TCU TBA
Nov. 23 Oklahoma TBA
Nov. 30 at Kansas TBA

TEXAS (1-2, 0-0 Big 12)
Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31 New Mexico State W, 56-7
Sept. 7 at BYU L, 40-21
Sept. 14 Mississippi L, 44-23
Sept. 21 Kansas State 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Iowa State 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 vs. Oklahoma (at Dallas) TBA
Oct. 26 at TCU TBA
Nov. 2 Kansas 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9 at West Virginia TBA
Nov. 16 Oklahoma State TBA
Nov. 28 Texas Tech 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 at Baylor TBA

K-STATE OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 16 Tyler Lockett 5-11 175 Jr.
WR 14 Curry Sexton 5-11 183 Jr.
LT 78 Cornelius Lucas 6-9 328 Sr.
LG 55 Cody Whitehair 6-4 309 So.
C 66 B.J. Finney 6-4 303 Jr.
RG 79 Keenan Taylor 6-4 290 Sr.
RT 73 Tavon Rooks 6-5 280 Sr.
TE 85 Zach Trujillo 6-5 256 Jr.
QB 15 Jake Waters 6-1 210 Jr.
FB 48 Glenn Gronkowski 6-3 234 Fr.
RB 33 John Hubert 5-7 191 Sr.
K 3 Jack Cantele 6-0 193 So.

K-STATE DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 44 Ryan Mueller 6-2 245 Jr.
DT 98 Chaquil Reed 6-3 309 Sr.
DT 95 Travis Britz 6-4 293 So.
DE 45 Marquel Bryant 6-3 241 So.
LB 50 Tre Walker 6-3 225 Sr.
LB 53 Blake Slaughter 5-10 227 Sr.
LB 21 Jonathan Truman 5-11 219 Jr.
CB 4 Dorrian Roberts 5-10 168 Sr.
SS 22 Dante Barnett 6-1 186 So.
FS 12 Ty Zimmerman 6-1 204 Sr.
CB 15 Randall Evans 6-0 190 Jr.
P 38 Mark Krause 5-11 218 Sr.

TEXAS OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 8 Jason Shipley 6-1 195 Jr.
WR 2 Kendall Sanders 6-0 187 So.
LT 51 Donald Hawkins 6-5 310 Sr.
LG 75 Trey Hopkins 6-4 300 Sr.
C 55 Dominic Espinosa 6-4 305 Jr.
RG 72 Mason Walters 6-6 320 Sr.
RT 77 Kennedy Estelle 6-7 290 So.
TE 82 Geoff Swaim 6-4 252 Jr.
WR 1 Mike Davis 6-2 195 Sr.
QB 6 Case McCoy 6-2 200 Sr.
RB 32 Johnathan Gray 5-11 208 So.
K 4 Anthony Fera 6-2 208 Sr.

TEXAS DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 88 Cedric Reed 6-6 258 Jr.
NT 90 Malcom Brown 6-4 305 So.
DT 96 Chris Whaley 6-3 295 Sr.
DE 77 Jackson Jeffcoat 6-5 250 Sr.
LB 19 Peter Jinkens 6-1 218 So.
LB 55 Dalton Santos 6-3 240 So.
LB 3 Jordan Hicks 6-2 238 Jr.
CB 21 Duke Thomas 5-11 176 So.
SS 17 Adrian Phillips 5-11 210 Sr.
FS 5 Josh Turner 6-0 180 Jr.
CB 23 Carrington Byndom 6-0 180 Sr.
P 4 Anthony Fera 6-2 208 Sr.
Kellis Robinett’s pick: K-State 38-35

This game is as close to a toss-up as they come. The only thing that seems certain is that lots of points will be scored. Texas will benefit from playing at home in a must-win situation, but it’s hard to pick against K-State in this series.

| Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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