Texas Player to Watch

Texas defensive lineman Jackson Jeffcoat has enjoyed monster performances against Texas Tech in the past and is tied for second in the Big 12 in sacks this season with 10. The Red Raiders will have to neutralize him in order to consistently move the ball and ultimately win Thursday.

Texas Tech has a young offensive line.

When you look on the other side of the trenches, there stands a 6-foot-5 defensive lineman named Jackson Jeffcoat. The Plano West product is currently tied for second in the Big 12 for sacks with seven. Perhaps he would lead the conference if not for teammate Cedric Reed, whom also has 10 sacks.

The only player with more sacks in the conference is Kansas State's Ryan Mueller. The fact that two of the Mack Brown's defensive lineman are tied for second in sacks does not bode well for an offensive line with three sophomores and one senior.

Jeffcoat is not only Texas' top defensive lineman, but he learned from one of the true greats. He is the son of two-time Super Bowl champion and former Dallas Cowboy, Jim Jeffcoat. The elder Jeffcoat is now an assistant coach for the Colorado Buffaloes.

Texas Tech has struggled against Jeffcoat in past games. Jeffcoat has hit his career high for tackles twice. One of those games came in 2010 against Texas Tech, a game in which he recorded two sacks.

The Red Raiders have three potential starting quarterbacks, two of whom are true freshman. Tech has yet to start any players other than freshman this season at quarterback. If the Red Raiders are going to minimize turnovers, the offensive line will need to protect the quarterback this game more than others.

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