Recognizing the best and brightest for the Texas Longhorns in Week 3 after a 44-23 loss at Ole Miss:
QB Case McCoy
Texas got about as good a first half as it could’ve hoped out of McCoy, all things considered. The senior hit on 11 of his first 13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, and he didn’t make any costly mistakes. McCoy played within the offense and managed the game effectively. He had more trouble in the second half and probably didn’t take enough shots downfield once Ole Miss started pulling ahead, but the entire offense had consistency issues in those final two quarters.
K/P Anthony Fera
When Fera transferred from Penn State to Texas, Mack Brown said he was trying to put together one of the best special teams units in the country. Fera pretty much does that all by himself. He hit field goals of 47, 30 and 28 yards and averaged 43.2 yards per punt, pinning two inside the 20, including one that stuck Ole Miss at its own 1. Fera is establishing himself as a serious asset.
Gray rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on the night, though 82 of those yards came in the first half as he paced a Longhorns offense that relied heavily on a power run game Saturday. He received just five carries in the second half. Gray said that was a coaching decision and he didn’t mind, but he’s the guy Texas has to lean on right now with David Ash and Daje Johnson sidelined.