Looking at the Longhorns

The #24 Baylor Bears (6-2, 3-1) are riding high after becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 1994. Meanwhile, the Texas Longhorns (4-3, 2-2) are trying to right the ship and bounce back from back to back home losses. The two teams will face off in Austin this Saturday at 6:00 PM. Inside we look at who and what the Bears can expect to see this weekend. FREE ARTICLE.

QB: It's been a rough season thus far for first year starter Garrett Gilbert. After being held to only 62 yards against Nebraska, Gilbert threw for a career high 344 yards, going 34/57, against Iowa State. After trailing most of the game, the Longhorns had no choice but to air it out in the second half. Gilbert threw 3 interceptions, including one at the end of the third quarter and another in the fourth. He also fumbled on an exchange with DJ Monroe. He looked as if he was pressing and trying to do too much, often throwing the ball right into coverage. However, Gilbert is a gifted athlete that can make plays with his feet. Against Nebraska, Gilbert ran for 71 yards and can make things happen on the fly.

RB: The Longhorns have a diverse rushing attack and use four different guys to carry the load. The leading rusher is Foswhitt Whittaker. Whittaker is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, but against Iowa State he only had 1 carry for 2 yards. Tre' Newton led the team last week with 49 yards. Cody Johnson was virtually shut down last week, gaining 24 yards on 7 carries. The Longhorns also have DJ Monroe at their disposal. Monroe made a name for himself last year returning kicks and has a lot of big-play ability, but has seen limited action at the RB position this season. Offensive coordinator Greg Davis has said that they're looking for more ways to get the ball in Monroe's hands, so look for him to be more of a presence this Saturday.

WR: James Kirkendoll is the team's leading receiver this season, with 28 catches for 332 yards. Against Iowa State, senior John Chiles was the leading receiver catching 5 passes for 117 yards, including one for a 46 yard gain. Chiles is a threat the Bears will have to contain, with Chiles averaging 18.5 yards per catch. True freshman Mike Davis had 8 grabs for 50 yards last week and has the ability to make cuts and get around defenders when he has them one-on-one.

O-Line: The Longhorn offensive line struggled to make things happen against a struggling Iowa State rushing defense. However, they did open up enough holes for UT to run all over Nebraska. While the Texas linemen were physically bigger than Iowa State, the Cylcones were able to move around the line and were able to sack Gilbert twice and forced him to make throws he wished he could have back.

D-Line: The Texas defensive line is coming off another rough week of defending the run. Iowa State, like Baylor hopes to do, ran the zone-read very effectively against the Longhorns and gained 199 yards on the ground. In their loss to UCLA, they gave up 264 yards on the ground. Jay Finley, coming off a school record 250 yard performance last week, may be catching the Longhorns at the right time. But the Texas defensive line is very talented. Their defensive ends, Sam Acho and Eddie Jones both have 5 sacks each this season and have 17 tackles for a loss between them.

LB: Keenan Robinson is the team's leading tackler this season, with 65 on the season. He also has 2 picks this season as well. Dustin Earnest had 9 tackles last week against Iowa State, which led the team. Nickel back Aaron Williams has forced 3 fumbles so far this season.

DB: The Texas secondary has struggled to force turnovers so far this season. As a team, they only have 4 interceptions this season (half of which belong to LB Keenan Robinson). Their secondary is full of experience though. Safety Blake Gideon has started 34 straight games and has 36 tackles to go along with an interception. Cornerbacks Curtis Brown and Chykie Brown have over 50 starts between the two of them over their careers.

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