Mason Walters

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QB David Ash (Jr.)

For the first time in his career, Ash came into this season as the unquestioned starting quarterback. It took a concussion in the fourth quarter of Texas’ loss to BYU to knock Ash off the top of the depth chart. He returned two weeks later against Kansas State, only to be knocked out with yet another head injury. Ash needs a week between when he’s medically cleared and when he can suit up again. He can get a medical redshirt if he’s not cleared by season’s end. 


RB Johnathan Gray (Jr.) 

Gray was on his way toward turning in the first 1,000-yard season by a Texas running back since Jamaal Charles in 2007 before rupturing his right Achilles tendon last week. Losing Gray is a big blow to a Longhorns offense that relies on their running game so much but backups Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron are more than capable of picking up the slack.



OG Mason Walters (Sr.) 

Walters was a game-time decision before Texas’ Big 12 opener against Kansas State with a knee injury. He started in that game and has started every game since. In fact, Walters has started each of Texas’ 47 games over the last four seasons. He is considering having postseason surgery to repair his knee but, for now, Walters is playing through the pain. 



OT Josh Cochran (Jr.) 

Cochran missed spring practice with a fractured leg but, after starting all 13 games last year, started the first three games year... before sustaining a shoulder injury that has kept him out of the last six games. He is out again this week against Oklahoma State. 



OT Kennedy Estelle (So.)

Estelle was the highest-rated offensive line prospect to sign with Texas before last season and has filled in admirably for Cochran in the each of the last six games. But he went down with a hip injury against West Virginia and fellow sophomore Sedrick Flowers replaced him for the second half. Co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite indicated Tuesday that Estelle should be ready to go this week.


DT Chris Whaley (Sr.)

Whaley became the heart and soul of this Texas defense over the last few weeks, scoring key touchdowns against Oklahoma and Kansas while constantly finding his way into opposing backfields. But he was carted off the field in the first quarter of last week’s win after suffering a season-ending knee injury. Desmond Jackson quickly picked up two sacks and a forced fumble in Whaley’s place but even Jackson admitted that Whaley is irreplaceable. 


LB Jordan Hicks (Jr.)

Hicks missed the final 10 games of the 2012 season with a hip injury, earning him a medical redshirt before this season, only to be knocked out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles four games into this year. The Texas defense has adjusted much better to his absence this season than it did last year, but Hicks has still been sorely missed. 


LB Tevin Jackson (Jr.)

Jackson has played in nearly every game since coming to Texas in 2011 but didn’t crack the starting lineup until last season, starting the final two games of the year against Kansas State and Oregon State, making a career-high seven tackles in the Alamo Bowl win over the Beavers. But he suffered a torn left ACL in the win over Kansas two weekends ago and is also out for the season. 

Sophomore full-back Alex De La Torre made the most of his opporunity against West Virginia last weekend, catching the game-winning touchdown in Texas' 47-40 overtime win.

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For most of his football career, sophomore fullback Alex De La Torre was in the forefront.

In high school, De La Torre played linebacker and was often in the spotlight for the 385 tackles, 20 sacks and four interceptions he recorded through his last three seasons. But after being recruited on defense, he became a fullback for the Longhorns and, like most in that position, moved to the background.

“I was a little surprised at the very beginning, but my dad is a head coach, so I’ve been told to be a team player and sacrifice,” De La Torre said. “So I said I was all for it.”

“Day-La,” as his teammates call him, learned to embrace his new position. He said he plays about an average of 14 plays a game, but he’s learned the in-and-outs of his new spot and how to make the most out of the limited action.

De La Torre has also used his defensive skills to his advantage. The tough and gritty linebacker attitude he learned to play with didn’t diminish once he stepped over to the offensive side of the ball.

“It’s a real blue collar [position],” De La Torre said. “You just have to keep on grinding in practice. You’re pretty much just a small O-lineman. That’s how it is really. I’ve really embraced that type of blue-collar mentality, and I’ve tried to take that linebacker mentality and bring it to offense.”

Embracing that mentality has worked out so far for the 6-foot-1-inch, 233-pound athlete. After apprenticing under Ryan Roberson his freshman year, De La Torre learned the trade and gained the fullback role this season. He recorded his first career rush for 19 yards on a fake punt against Kansas State, and his first career reception could not have come at a better time. 

Last Saturday, he snatched a goal line pass from Case McCoy against West Virginia for an overtime touchdown.

“I was really excited for him,” senior offensive guard Mason Walters said. “Alex, playing that fullback position, doesn’t get a lot of recognition, and I know he’s a guy that works extremely hard, so I was really excited to see him score not only the touchdown, but [it was] a big point in the game too. [It] really helped us out and [I was] excited for him.”

The new fame he gathered came fast and caught De La Torre by surprise. Since he had never experienced a college press conference, when his name was called for the post-game interviews, he had a few things backwards.

“He went to the media afterwards, and you never think about this, but what do you do?” head coach Mack Brown said. “I said, ‘They’ll tell you what to do when you get in there.’ He said, ‘Do I ask them?  What do I–.’ I said, ‘Just go out there and sit, and they’ll ask you questions.’”

Although he is in the background on the field, De La Torre has become quite the star in the Twitter world. The Denton, Texas, native enjoys his time on Twitter so much that his teammates had to limit the amount of action he could spend on the social media site after grabbing his first career touchdown.

“We gave him a hard time,” Walters said. “He likes his Twitter, so after the game, we told Alex to limit it to one [tweet] tonight, and then we’ll [lift] that restriction on a later day. It’s just all in good fun.”

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Texas has been struck with a variety of adversities this year, from starting 1-2 to the reassignment of its defensive coordinator Manny Diaz to numerous injuries on both sides of the ball.

No other place have those injuries been more relevant than in the offense, specifically the offensive line, which has been without Josh Cochran and includes a banged-up Mason Walters, who has been playing through a knee injury all year. However, Walters has taken his leadership role to propel against those adversities and help lead his team back from a 1-2 start.

“I think we’ve continually come closer and gelled more and more,” Walters said. “[There’s] a different chemistry than we’ve had in the past.”

Walters has helped make that chemistry happen. The senior offensive guard came into this season as one of the most experienced players in the nation. The fifth-year player started the last 46 games, marking the second-longest streak in the nation among offensive linemen. Walters has also helped the offense gain an average of 446.6 yards per game this season and push a much-improved run game from where it was earlier in the season.

Though, before this turnaround could come, a standard had to be changed.

“I think in their mind there is a standard that allows them to free up and play for whatever reason,” co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite said. “It is a mental block and once that gets out, then it is all about expecting oneself to be great. It is a lot of peer evaluating and making sure everybody is staying accountable.”

One of the biggest factors that has helped Walters and his offensive line change that standard is an increase in chemistry among his teammates. After injuries forced new faces to join the huddle, a sort of fluidity became evident in which any player could be called on to step in for his team.

“I think as long as the offensive line room stays where it can be fluid with whoever is in that starting lineup and not only have good relationships off the field but on the field with one another and want to see each other succeed, then that’s what its going to take for us to have that trend we got going right now,” Walters said.

To keep that trend going, Walters admits there needs to be more improvement. He said they have only three goals: win, run the ball a lot and prevent any sack.

“[We need] execution,” Walters said. “When we go watch film we’re going to look and see where the challenges are that we want to overcome and go out there and do it. The most telling sign for us accomplishing our goals is seeing how the backs end up, seeing how clean case’s jersey is and if we win or not. Those are the challenges.”

Ten years ago, a freshman dual-threat quarterback with game-changing ability and little experience battled a senior with little game-changing experience and a ton of experience.

Texas head coach Mack Brown wrestled with who to start for the first few weeks but, after a 65-13 shellacking at the hands of Oklahoma, he had no choice – he went with Vince Young. 30 wins and a national title later, it’s evident Brown made the right decision.

The Longhorns find themselves in a similar situation now.

David Ash is the best quarterback on the team. But he’s suffered two head injuries in Texas’ first four games this year and is out this week. Concern for his long-term health and wellbeing, extremely justified, could keep him off the field for a while.  

That leaves senior Case McCoy, 3-4 in his career as a starting quarterback, and freshman Tyrone Swoopes, whose redshirt is still firmly on his 6-foot-4, 245-pound frame.

The only glimpse we’ve gotten of Swoopes in a Longhorns uniform was during this year’s spring game. Swoopes made a memorable first impression, running circles around first-team defenders for 26 yards on four carries. He didn’t throw a pass but he did lead a drive that produced a field goal, the first scoring drive of the game against the Texas first-team defense.

“The kid is extremely athletic,” senior guard Mason Walters said. “He’s an accurate passer. He’s getting better every week as we see in practice. Just give him an opportunity on a big stage – Thursday night, national game. It’s good playing time. It’s a great stage to have an opportunity.”

Brown has given Swoopes second-team reps in practice for the last three weeks but it’s time for him to get first-team reps on the field against real competition. He doesn’t have to start but if he doesn’t get around the same number of snaps as McCoy does, Texas can kiss this season goodbye.

While we’re here, the guy getting third-team quarterback reps – redshirt freshman Jalen Overstreet – better get more playing time, too. Though he makes things happen from a different spot in the backfield. He ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns in the season-opening win over New Mexico State and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Back to Swoopes, who has been compared to Young many times, and for good reason. But where Brown can make a distinct difference between the two immensely talented signal-callers is by letting Swoopes take over at quarterback before Texas faces Oklahoma, not afterward, when it’ll be too late.

The Longhorns could put a soda can behind center and beat a Cyclones team that didn’t pick up their first win until last week’s 38-21 triumph over Tulsa and fell to FCS Northern Iowa in their season opener.

But the Sooners beat that same Tulsa team by 31 points and just took down Notre Dame by 14. If Texas is going to have any chance at beating the team in crimson and cream, it has to take the redshirt off Swoopes.

The Longhorns offensive line suffered two considerable blows last Saturday when senior right guard Mason Walters and junior right tackle Josh Cochran left the game against Ole Miss in the first half after sustaining injuries.

Walters (knee) and Cochran (shoulder) each entered the week listed as questionable for Saturday’s Big 12 opener against Kansas State. While the Texas coaches remain hopeful that both veteran linemen can suit up against the Wildcats, they realize that neither should be expected to play the entire game.

Sophomores Sedrick Flowers and Kennedy Estelle filled in admirably against Ole Miss after Walters and Cochran went down, and they both figure to be a major part of the game plan again this week. Co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite said that while both Flowers and Estelle have room to improve, he expects each to step up again this week when needed.

“We’ll need both of those guys to step up and play well for us Saturday night against a good defensive front,” Applewhite said. “They did some good things. Obviously there’s going to be some plays you want back in the game, but overall I thought Kennedy and Sedrick did some really good things when they’re in there.”

Head coach Mack Brown listed Estelle as the starter at right tackle on the depth chart on Monday, while Flowers remained behind Walters at right guard. That said, both should receive considerable playing time this week, and senior left guard Trey Hopkins is excited to see what the sophomores can do.

 “We’re upset whenever one of our starters goes down but I’m excited for guys like that to get an opportunity to play,” Hopkins said. “I think they both stepped up pretty good. They’re both young and haven’t played that much in game situations, especially Kennedy. I think he’s really working hard this week in practice to really pinpoint what he needs to get
better with.”

With the offensive line potentially losing the experience of Walters and Cochran this week, sophomore running back Johnathan Gray believes it is up to the Longhorns’ veteran starters to limit mistakes on the field and help ease Flowers and Estelle into the lineup.

“With those guys down, we have to do a better job of being more focused and have less mental errors when they get hurt and new guys come in,” Gray said. “We definitely have to get the job done and can’t lose a step.”

Regardless, Hopkins remains optimistic that Walters and Cochran will line up to his right on Saturday, and he believes they are doing everything in their power to play against
Kansas State.

“I’m very confident that they’re going to do whatever they need to do to get back on the field,” Hopkins said. “I know they’re very dedicated to doing whatever they need to. They both love playing this game they wish they were in the game with us last week. I know they’re going to fight as hard as they can and do whatever’s in their will to get back out there.”

If they remain inactive, though, the Longhorns believe both Flowers and Estelle are highly capable of filling the void, and they do not expect the offensive line to miss a beat. 

With the Longhorns’ inability to thwart the BYU rushing attack stealing the headlines last Saturday, it is easy to overlook the sluggish performance by the Texas offensive line.

The Longhorns surrendered four sacks, five quarterback hurries and eight tackles for loss against the Cougars front seven, with much of this coming against only three pass rushers. They also failed to consistently create holes for the Texas running backs as the Longhorns averaged just 3.4 yards on 39 carries.  

Senior right guard Mason Walters understands that expectations are elevated for a Texas offensive line that leads the nation in combined starts. He believes the unit needs to play better than it did against a relatively inexperienced BYU team moving forward, saying that the best way to remain dynamic is to perform well on every play.

“If we don’t execute then anybody can beat us,” Walters said. “That’s something we need to continue to focus on, fundamentals and techniques. When things start to go crazy, especially on the third downs, when you have great pass-rushers coming against you, stick to what 
you know.”

The Longhorns offense struggled to move the chains, going just 5-for-17 on third down and 0-for-3 on fourth down. Co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite believes that this was the result of too many third-and-long situations rather than the offensive line being completely overmatched by the BYU pass rush.

“Am I concerned about it?  No,” Applewhite said. “What happens when you get in long situations like that on third down, the advantage goes to the defense. That makes it extremely difficult on the quarterback.  We have to find a way to get ourselves in third-and-medium and third-and-short and find some more options.”

That said, the Longhorns failed to convert on a number of third-and-short situations against BYU, including on the first two drives of the game. Senior guard Trey Hopkins knows the importance of moving the chains in short yardage situations and he said that the linemen are continuing to work on limiting mistakes.

“That goes back to the execution, and we have to continue to execute better on offense,” Hopkins said. “We really need those third down conversions, and we really need short yard conversions.”

Head coach Mack Brown gave a vote of confidence to the offensive line, saying that they were hardly the only ones to blame for the Longhorns offensive inefficiency.

“The offensive line did some good things the other night,” Brown said. “We were in so many third-and-long situations. We ran the ball well at times, could have run it at other times better. We made some mistakes at quarterback and running back, even receiver that hurt us up front.  But I’m still positive about those guys moving forward.”

Brown said that he expects to determine the five starters along the line and trim the backup rotation to three reserves. Regardless, the Longhorns linemen know they have to elevate their play to keep maintain the fluidity of offensive drives.

After allowing just 16 sacks in all of 2012 and zero in the season opener last week, Texas’ offensive line took a step back against the Cougars. Brown is not concerned about the unit, however, and he expects it to return to form quickly.

“Nobody was pleased overall as unit Saturday night,” Brown said. “We got whipped. I think the [offensive line] unit is moving forward and will be a really good asset before the year is over.”

QB Case McCoy (Sr.)

If David Ash is too banged up to play this week, it’s up to McCoy to lead the Texas offense against the Rebels. While McCoy has had his bright spots in the past, including an unforgettable comeback in College Station two years ago, overall, he has been average at best. Head coach Mack Brown has said he will not hesitate to put in talented freshman Tyrone Swoopes if McCoy struggles. With a struggling offensive line in front of him, McCoy will need to make good reads and get the ball out of his hands quickly.


OL Dominic Espinosa (Jr.) /OL Mason Walters (Sr.)

Although every lineman is accountable for the offense’s lack of production and inability to run the ball, Espinosa and Walters are the unit’s leaders. There has been little visible evidence of them carrying out that duty. Despite a plethora of talented backs, including two who were the top tailbacks in their classes coming out of high school, the Longhorns have done very little on the ground in their two games this year. The fault for that falls squarely on the offensive line, which was manhandled last Saturday in Provo by BYU. Considering its talent and experience — an FBS-leading 134 combined starts — this unit needs to step up. Espinosa and Walters need to take the reigns and lead the way for this entire offense.  


DE Jackson Jeffcoat (Sr.)

Just as Espinosa and Walters above, Jeffcoat is more of a scapegoat for the entire defensive line than for being at fault for poor individual play. However, that’s the nature of the best when it comes to being in a position of leadership. As Texas’ most talented defender and leader of a defensive line that got absolutely destroyed last week, Jeffcoat needs come out on Saturday and make something happen early on to help set the tone for the Longhorns. Whether it’s recording a sack or forcing a turnover, neither of which he has yet to do so far this season, he must step up and give this defense some bite. With things in a state of flux and defensive coordinator Greg Robinson taking over for Manny Diaz, it’s up to Jeffcoat to give this unit 
wan identity.

Senior wide receiver Mike Davis (1) enjoyed a productive junior year, and if he continues to refine his skills in his last season at Texas he could be the next Longhorn to make it to the NFL. Davis is joined by other upperclassmen as well as a few others as potential NFL prospects

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Former Texas players Kenny Vaccaro, Marquise Goodwin, Alex Okafor and Brandon Moore fulfilled their childhood dreams last week, earning spots on four different NFL rosters. As Texas heads into the fall season, the spotlight will shine on seniors eager to prove themselves in the eyes of NFL scouts and coaches.

Wide receiver Mike Davis is among those entering his final year as a Longhorn. After seeing significant playing time in his freshman and sophomore years, Davis started 11 times in 2012, leading the team in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and yards per catch. Davis was a second team All-Big 12 choice by the San Antonio Express-News and the Dallas Morning News.

Entering the draft was a possibility this year for Davis, as he bounced back and forth on whether to remain at Texas or leave for the NFL. After discussing his options with Texas coaches and his family, Davis decided to stay.

“It’s been tough for me,” Davis told ESPN’s Joe Schad. “I did plan on coming out [for the draft], but I need to do this one more time. I want to try to win the Biletnikoff award. Those guys at Texas deserve another year.”

Returning for his final year means Davis will have a chance to increase his efficiency on the field and boost his tapes with more catches. 

“I took it upon myself to be a senior leader and help the other receivers get better,” Davis said. 

2013 will mark offensive guard Mason Walters’ fifth and final season at Texas. After missing the bulk of his freshman season with a foot injury, Walters returned to start 12 games during his second season and win UT’s Frank Medina Rehabilitation Award. 

Walters has started all 13 games during his past two seasons. He was a 2012 honorable mention All-Big 12 selection and named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists. 

Walters is already 17th on’s list of top offensive guards heading into the 2014 NFL Draft. 

Jackson Jeffcoat earned buzz from sports analysts and columnists heading into the 2012 season as a top draft prospect.  

The heavily recruited Plano West defensive end played in eight games during his first year at Texas and started 12 as a sophomore, missing only one start due to injury.  His promising junior year was cut short by a right pectoral muscle rupture during the Texas-Oklahoma game.  Despite the injury, Jeffcoat still managed to come in second on the team in tackles for loss
and sacks.  

Athleticism is in Jeffcoat’s blood: his father, Jim Jeffcoat, was a well-known NFL lineman who played for both the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills.  

Jackson, lauded for his speed and flexibility on the field, still has analysts abuzz with his potential to land a spot in the early rounds of the 2014 draft. Now, Jeffcoat will have 2013 to prove himself after his recovery. 

Senior punter Alex King (15) came to Texas after serving as the Duke Blue Devils' punter for the past four seasons. King also handled the quarterback duties for the Blue Devils' scout team, as well as playing the position in high school.

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The depth chart experienced a huge change this week at quarterback, as Case McCoy assumes the starting role. However, that’s not even the most shocking transition, because a punter is now the third-string signal caller.

Alex King, Texas’ starting punter, will be tasked with the responsibility of learning a few select plays in the emergency that McCoy gets hurt and David Ash is unable to play due to a rib injury he sustained in last Thursday’s loss to TCU.

“He was out there throwing with the quarterbacks last night,” head coach Mack Brown said. “I told [co-offensive coordinator] Bryan [Harsin] to put him right in the middle of it because we have no guarantees.”

It may sound ridiculous to have a punter fill in quarterback, but King grew up playing the position in North Carolina, and was an all-state selection at Phillips Exeter Academy in New England during his post-graduate year. He also served as the emergency quarterback in his time at Duke. King transferred to Texas this season to pursure a graduate degree after spending his first four years with the Blue Devils.

“Alex is an athlete,” offensive guard Mason Walters said. “We have faith in him. I saw him throw the ball around a little bit yesterday, I was impressed.”

King received the backup nod over freshmen quarterbacks Connor Brewer and Jalen Overstreet. Brown doesn’t wish to burn their redshirt seasons by putting them for only a few plays in one game.

Both freshmen have yet to see a snap this season. If a situation forced either one of them to enter the game on Saturday, it would waste an entire year of eligibility.

“It’s one of those reasons I think we should have five years of eligibility,” Brown said. “I would love to bring one of those freshmen out to let them play. Still, you put them in for three plays against Kansas State and it costs them a year. I don’t think that’s fair.”

Brown also discussed the possibility of using one of the other many athletes on the roster that played quarterback in high school instead of King, such as safety Mykkele Thompson.

However, Brown doesn’t want to take away depth from other positions and also felt that King, a fifth-year senior, is more mentally prepared to handle the role.

“We’re in a position where none of them have played and none of them have taken any snaps,” Brown said. “We feel that Alex is smart. He’s mature. And he’s older. We’ll give him a limited package and not have to take someone out of position anywhere else.”

King’s package of plays will be limited. Co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin taught him a few running plays at the beginning of the season, and now his role will expand to encompass a few pass plays. But the playbook will be simple.

This isn’t the first time a non-quarterback has prepared in a backup role for Texas. In 2006, when Colt McCoy was injured and then-backup Jevan Sneed decided to transfer, wide receiver Quan Cosby prepared to take snaps if necessary. He learned five plays, but never had to enter a game.

The coaching staff hopes it’s the same case with King. But they know one thing. He’d be the best quick-kick quarterback they’ve ever had.

“We actually used him last night, Harsin said. “He took a couple shots down the field. He dropped back seven steps, punted it, right on the money. Hit a spiral.”

Kenny Vaccaro tackles TCU wide receiver LaDarius Brown during the Longhorns’ 23-10 loss to the Horned Frogs last Thursday. Texas goes into its regular season finale against Kansas State on Saturday as double-digit underdogs, an unfamiliar role for the Longhorns.

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The Longhorns will be in an unfamiliar spot this weekend when they play the role of spoiler.

Kansas State, out of the national championship picture because of a loss to Baylor in its last game, still controls its own destiny in the Big 12 title race. All the Wildcats have to do to capture the conference crown is beat Texas.

The Longhorns are used to having the target on their backs, playing the team with nothing to lose at the end of the year. Now they’re the ones with a chance to knock someone off the pedestal.

“There’s really no pressure,” junior guard Mason Walters said. “I know we’re going in playing the underdog role. I’ve never really enjoyed playing it but, at the same time, it does have its advantages.”

What bowl Texas plays in doesn’t depend on the outcome of its regular season finale in Manhattan, Kan. on Saturday as much as it depends on other games. If Oklahoma falls to the TCU team that upset the Longhorns last week, it could cost the Sooners a chance at playing in a BCS bowl, which could mean Oklahoma taking Texas’ spot in the Cotton Bowl.

Even the MAC title game between Kent State and Northern Illinois could have an impact on where the Longhorns play this postseason. If Kent State, currently ranked No. 17 in the BCS standings, beat the Huskies and move into the Top 16, they’d earn an automatic berth into a BCS bowl. That could also knock OU out of the BCS bowl picture.

Still, the chance for the 8-3 Longhorns to surpass last year’s win total with a win over Kansas State — who they haven’t beaten since 2003 — would be significant, even if it didn’t affect where they played their bowl game.

“With them being a top-10 team, yeah, it is kind of a spoiler alert,” junior defensive back Adrian Phillips said. “If we win over Kansas State, it would open up a lot of doors for us. It would be taking the right steps toward where Texas needs to be.”

The Wildcats have had two weeks to think about everything they did wrong in a 52-24 loss to Baylor. They’ve had Texas’ number recently and will be playing at home with a chance to clinch a conference title. And they won’t be happy.

“I expect them to be in a very bad mood,” junior offensive tackle Trey Hopkins said. “But I expect us to have a chip on our shoulders after this past week.”

Texas won’t be coming off a bye week like Kansas State. But the Longhorns have proven that they can bounce back from a disappointing performance. They were an underdog in Lubbock when they faced Texas Tech following a narrow win over last-place Kansas before handily beating the Red Raiders.

“I understand Kansas State is probably a little upset about losing control of their own destiny after the Baylor game,” Walters said. “However, this team isn’t really happy about what happend

Thursday against TCU and we understand that we have a limited opportunities left to prove that this team can play great football when we decide to do it.”

The Longhorns, who couldn’t spoil Robert Griffin III’s chances to win the Heisman Trophy in their final regular season game last year, will have to play great football to knock off Kansas State. The Wildcats are 12.5-point favorites, and for good reason.

If Texas plays the way it did against TCU, Kansas State could win by a lot more than 12.5 points.