The Texas Longhorns were able to escape Lubbock with a win and multiple freshmen were a big part of the victory. Cameron Dicker drilled two long field goals and Caden Sterns was playing at a high level before leaving with an injury.
With the new NCAA redshirt rule, which allows players to play up to four games without burning a redshirt, expect the Longhorns to manage those numbers carefully. To keep track of the new redshirt rule, the number of games that each player has appeared in will be listed next to their position. This will be updated game-by-game. If there is no number listed next to their position, this means they’ve already exceeded the four-game limit and can no longer redshirt. 11 true freshmen have surpassed that mark, so far.
Freshman Malcolm Epps and Ayodele Adeoye made their first appearances of the season this week.
Keaontay Ingram (RB): Even though Tre Watson received all of the first quarter carries, Ingram still managed to have a big game on limited carries. He totaled 83 rushing yards on 14 carries (5.9 YPC) and added an 8-yard catch. After stopping Texas Tech on fourth down in Texas territory, Ingram capped off the ensuing drive with a 2-yard touchdown. He made a nice cutback to then waltz his way into the end zone. Kliff Kingsbury absolutely gifted Texas with that score.
His longest run of the night, a 23-yard gain, sparked the offense towards a touchdown drive to put the Horns up 34-17.
Ingram and company will be heavily tested against a superb Iowa State run defense that allows just 3.1 yards per carry and 109.4 rushing yards per game.
Season Stats: 104 carries for 568 yards (5.5 YPC) — 3 TDs, 15 receptions for 79 yards — TD (5.3 YPC)
Brennan Eagles (WR): It was a little surprising not to see more of Eagles with Collin Johnson not playing. The freshman saw limited action at receiver in this one.
Season Stats: 1 reception for 35 yards
D’Shawn Jamison (WR/KR/PR): With limited opportunities in the punt game and Lil’ Jordan Humphrey as the main kick returner, Jamison didn’t crack the stat sheet in this one.
Season Stats: 2 carries for -6 yards, 3 receptions for 2 yards, 10 kick returns — 20.2 YPR, 8 punt returns — 13.9 YPR - TD
Malcolm Epps (TE-1): While seeing his first in-game action of the season, Epps made an athletic leaping 18-yard catch. Epps used his bigger body to his advantage and showed nice body control to make a sideline catch over the defender.
Even though he’s listed as a tight end, he lined up at the X-WR position on that catch. It’ll be interesting to see if Texas incorporates Epps into the offense more considering he has three games left on his redshirt.
Season Stats: 1 reception for 18 yards
Ayodele Adeoye (LB-1): The highly-touted freshman from IMG Academy got his first in-game action, as well. On his first play of the season, Adeoye committed a 15-yard personal foul penalty to set back Texas’ first drive of the game back to their own 13-yard line. With all the opportunities to play on special teams for the freshman, Adeoye will have to avoid committing dumb penalties like this.
Joseph Ossai (LB): The backup B-backer made another tackle on special teams.
Season Stats: 3 tackles
Anthony Cook (CB): After replacing the injured Davante Davis for the second straight week, Cook had his ups and downs. He tackled well in space against Tech’s versatile receivers — recording five solo tackles. But, the gameplan was to attack Cook with the 6’6 T.J. Vasher. Vasher had his way against the freshman and bodied his way for four receptions, 53 yards and a touchdown. He drew a pass interception call against Cook, too.
If Davis is unable to play Saturday, Cook will be tested against Brock Purdy and company. Hakeem Butler might have a field day facing either a struggling Kris Boyd or Cook.
Season Stats: 15 tackles (11 solo), PBU
Jalen Green (CB): Green notched his first career tackle on special teams.
Season Stats: 1 tackle (solo)
B.J. Foster (S): Foster remained in his rover role as junior Chris Brown took Brandon Jones’ place at strong safety, though Foster also played some deep safety. The Angleton product had a solid game for the most part — he was in on a sack and had five total tackles (three solo).
For some reason the play wasn’t even looked at but, Foster might have had an interception on the play below. Tech kicked a field goal after this incompletion to pull within 14 points. The comeback may not have happened with a replay review here. Credit Foster for sticking with the play all the way through.
Guys...I think this was an interception. pic.twitter.com/HQGohxkazz— Corey Elliot (@CoreyElliot) November 11, 2018
Season Stats: 28 tackles (20 solo), 5 TFL, 1.5 sack, INT, FF, 2 PDs
Caden Sterns (S): Along with Davante Davis, Sterns was a bright spot for a struggling Texas secondary. He recorded seven tackles (five solo) and had two pass breakups. His first pass breakup solidified a crucial third-down stop early in the game. The other was nearly an interception. If it wasn’t for the foot of Josh Thompson which jarred the ball loose, Sterns would have had his fifth interception of the season.
He looked back to his early-season self and was making plays in the secondary. All until he left the game after taking a blow to the head. The rippling effects of losing Sterns showed in the secondary throughout the fourth quarter.
Sterns will participate in non-contact drills on Tuesday. “If everything goes according to plan, he should be ready to go on Saturday,” said Herman.
Season Stats: 46 tackles (32 solo), 0.5 TFL, 4 INTs, Blocked FG, 3 PBUs
Cameron Dicker (K): Dicker continues to be a hometown hero for the Horns. He hit two clutch field goals in difficult windy conditions on Saturday. This included a career-long 52-yarder, which puts him 2nd for the longest field goal by a Longhorn freshman kicker.
He can do more than kick, too. Dicker made another tackle on the opening kickoff to stop a potentially big return. The man is just built different.
Season Stats: 14-19 FG (73.7%) — 3-3 20-29 yards, 3-4 30-39 yards, 7-10 40-49 yards, 1-2 50+ yards, 35-35 XPs (100%), 2 tackles (1 solo)
Ryan Bujcevski (P): Bujcevski prevented any chance of a possible big return with quality hang time on his punts. He had three punts for an average of 42.7 yards with a long of 51 yards. The Aussie has developed into a trustworthy, reliable punter as this season has gone along.
Season Stats: 44 punts — 39.9 YPP, 12 downed inside-the-20, 8 50+ yards
Other true freshmen that have played this season:
Joshua Moore (WR)*
Season Stats: 7 receptions for 53 yards — TD
Keondre Coburn (DT-1)
Season Stats: 1 tackle (solo)
Moro Ojomo (DT-1)
DeMarvion Overshown (LB/S)
Season Stats: 1 tackle