Dave Campbell’s Texas Football released the 2020 Preseason All-Texas College Team on Wednesday, which honored 52 of the best players in Texas FBS football.
But in a state as powerful as Texas, the list of snubs is as good as the list of honorees. Plus, there are several players who were just patiently waiting for their opportunity and now should thrive. So now, we’re going to call our shot.
Here are five players that we could see earning a spot on the postseason All-Texas College Team in 2020.
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QB Charlie Brewer, Baylor
Several quarterbacks could compete to unseat Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger by the end of the year, including Texas Tech’s Alan Bowman and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond. Give me Brewer to play spoiler, though.
Baylor is moving from a pro spread to a pure spread offense, which allows Brewer to turn the clock back to his high school days with Hank Carter at Lake Travis. Brewer set the national completion percentage record and led the Cavaliers to back-to-back state championships in the system. Brewer has been tremendous as Baylor’s quarterback playing in a poor system for his skills. With a good fit? Watch out.
RB Tre Siggers, North Texas
Siggers was the final cut from a talented running back group, but injuries and a scheme adjustment left him just on the outside looking in. But when he’s healthy, there’s no question that Siggers proved he can be a game-changing running back.
He’ll have to split carries with DeAndre Torrey and a talented room of rushers, which could hurt his numbers, but SIggers could definitely fight for first team by the end of the year.
WR Jacob Cowing, UTEP
A skill position offensive player from UTEP making the list? Obviously it would take some major things going right, but it’s not impossible. Cowing was outstanding in his last four games, compiling 22 catches for 355 yards with a wildly inconsistent quarterback situation.
With a consistent pass-first quarterback under center? Cowing could push to become the first 1,000-yard receiver at UTEP since 2010. Even flirting with 1,000 yards in a quarterback unfriendly offense would be more than enough.
DB Tyrae Thornton, Rice
Honestly, there’s a handful of Owls that could push their way onto an all-state team; eight full-time starters are back, along with some big-time experienced depth. However, Thornton excelled last season, posting 41 tackles and seven pass breakups in a breakout sophomore season.
There’s a dearth of standout cornerbacks in the state; Raleigh Texada was the only pure corner to earn first-team honors. If he can be a centerpiece in what should be a heavily improved defense, the sky is the limit.
LB Riko Jeffers, Texas Tech
Jeffers was already a strong contender for an all-state spot, but his new role could push him over the top. Keith Patterson’s defense forces middle linebackers to step up and make plays at the line of scrimmage with consistency. It’s why Jordyn Brooks developed into a first round pick.
Jeffers’ 76 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss could push to more than 100 tackles and double-digit tackles for loss with the responsibility of being the MIKE. That, combined with steady defensive improvement, would make Jeffers a strong contender.
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