Players to Watch: Longhorns need to look out for improved Wallace, stud freshman Nkemdiche

Matt Warden

QB Bo Wallace (Jr.)

Last season Texas did an excellent job of shutting down the Ole Miss signal-caller, holding him to only 178 yards passing and three interceptions. But that was perhaps his worst game of the year. Bo Wallace has started his 2013 campaign with impressive numbers in the first two games after compiling 2,994 passing yards and 22 touchdowns last season. Wallace is a big and experienced quarterback who can make plays out of the pocket if he needs to. He has amassed 63 yards and two touchdowns on the ground this season to go along with 471 yards on 62.9 percent passing. Texas showed last weekend that they can be susceptible to the run if utilized effectively so it should definitely be aware of Wallace’s ability to tuck and run if his receivers can’t fight to get open. Wallace will have every opportunity to exploit the Longhorns defense after an embarrassing performance last weekend.


DB Cody Prewitt (Jr.)

The Ole Miss defense has given up just 459 passing yards in its first two games of this season and defensive back Cody Prewitt has been the man buying the secondary. Prewitt has two interceptions to go along with 14 tackles and one forced fumble this season. Last season Prewitt had just two interceptions the entire season but was able to rack up 80 tackles. Prewitt is a bruising defender at 220 pounds and is capable of getting anywhere on the field where a tackle needs to be made. Look for the Rebels to throw a few different looks at the Longhorns to disrupt their rushing attack like the Cougars were able to do. If the defense can force David Ash to make quick throws, Prewitt could make the Longhorns pay.


DE Robert Nkemdiche (Fr.)

Robert Nkemdiche was the No. 1 high school football recruit of the Class of 2013 and he will be looking to prove why against Texas. Nkemdiche is a physical specimen at 6-foot-5 and 294 pounds but has the athleticism of a linebacker. He had posted just seven tackles in his first two college games but three of those have been in the backfield. Though Nkemdiche is young, his combination of size and speed will be difficult for the Texas offensive line to deal with. Nkemdiche, who also played running back in high school, even has an 11-yard carry on offense. Texas needs to keep Nkemdiche out of the backfield as he will be looking to prove himself with the step up in competition for the Rebels.