Opponents to Watch: Oklahoma State

Ethan Ferguson, Sports Reporter

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared as part of the October 15 Double Coverage flipbook.

Jaylen Warren #7 – RB

Jaylen Warren is a menace in the backfield and the starting running back for the Cowboys. Warren currently leads the team with 512 rushing yards on 115 attempts going into Week 7. A product of Salt Lake City, the redshirt senior transferred from Utah State and immediately attracted attention from his arrival in the spring offseason. Up until Week 6, Warren has recorded six rushing touchdowns, two of which came from the Cowboys’ win over Baylor. Warren is a reliable option in the Cowboy’s passing game and has brought in nine receptions for 122 yards on the season. Prior to last season’s late start, Warren was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list, an award presented to the nation’s premier running back. Expect to see the Cowboys heavily use Warren in the run-pass option against Texas on Saturday.

Spencer Sanders #3 – QB

The man under center has shown immense promise since his freshman year. Sanders, now a redshirt junior, was the recipient of the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2019. Two seasons later, Sanders leads the team in passing yards with 781 yards through 56 completions and a completion rate of 58.3%, where he has nearly the same amount of turnovers as touchdowns this season with five touchdown passes and four interceptions. Oklahoma State’s offensive line has allowed Sanders to be sacked six times this season, which the Texas defense will look to expose come Saturday. Sanders earned the title of second-most passing yards for an Oklahoma State sophomore, and coming off a season high in rushing yards in Week 6, Sanders will look to extend plays on his feet by running the ball.

Tay Martin #1 – WR

The senior wide receiver has been a dangerous threat downfield all season long. Tay Martin leads the Cowboys in total receiving yards with 317 yards and 21 receptions. The Houma, Louisiana product was one of six Cowboys who chose to stay for an additional season thanks to COVID-19 eligibility. Of the team’s six receiving touchdowns, Martin has two to his name. With an average reception distance of 15.1 yards – his longest being 27 yards – Texas’ defense needs to be cautious of the Cowboys’ impressive play maker.

Malcolm Rodriguez #20 – LB

Oklahoma product Malcolm Rodriguez stayed beside Martin as two of six players to use their additional year of COVID-19 eligibility. Martin leads the Cowboy’s defense in total tackles by a large margin. With 54 tackles on the season – 31 of which were solo tackles – Rodriguez leads the pack. The senior has forced two fumbles this season and has recovered one where he returned it downfield for a touchdown. Rodriguez started his career at safety, but has shown his abilities as a linebacker to stop the run, defend the pass and pressure the quarterback.