Even with games postponed, Texas college football players stood up and put together strong performances. One team's last-second victory took the cake, but.complete games helped turn close games into blowouts.
Finding the superlatives of the weekend takes much more than seeing a final score. It's about standing out and exceeding expectations in a way that forces Texas to take notice. Here are five players who earned those honors in Week 11.
K Jonathan Garibay, Texas Tech
Garibay didn’t learn that he would be starting at placekicker until Monday. He didn’t learn he would be running kicking duties until Wednesday. The junior from California responded with one of the most perfect special teams days of the season.
The Rubidoux, Calif., native nailed all four of his field goal tries, including a 48-yarder and game-winning 25-yarder as time expired. Additionally, he punted five times for 49.6 yards per punt and even kicked three touchbacks as a kickoff specialist. It was a perfect day for the first-time FBS player.
QB Frank Harris, UTSA (Schertz Clemens)
Against UTEP, UTSA’s coaching staff finally let quarterback Frank Harris let things loose through the air. The San Antonio product responded with the best offensive performance of his career in a big win.
Harris completed 22-of-26 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers. He also added two touchdowns and 43 yards rushing on the ground. When Harris is hitting through the air downfield, he is proving that UTSA’s offense can be special.
DL Derek Parish, Houston (Pearland)
There were a number of strong performances during Houston’s dominant 56-21 win over South Florida, but defensive lineman Derek Parish stood apart. The senior posted five tackles, two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries.
Early in the second half, South Florida was driving deep into the Houston red zone. Then, David Anenih strip sacked Katravis Marsh and Parish picked up the ball and took it 85 yards for a touchdown to make the score 42-0. It was a career day for Parish and something he can build on.
DB Jarron Morris, Texas State (West Orange Stark)
While Texas State’s offense was the unit that stuck out against Texas Tech, Morris had himself a heck of a game against Georgia Southern. The senior posted a career high 15 tackles to go along with a tackle for loss and even an interception on one of Shai Werts’ nine passes.
Many defensive backs struggle to stay focused when facing off against run-first option offense, but Morris played a disciplined game. Texas State unfortunately fell just short from pulling off a big win.
LB Colin Schooler, Texas Tech
Schooler has made several big hits since transferring to Texas Tech from Arizona, but none was bigger than late in the third quarter. Baylor was driving with a chance to go up three touchdowns. Bears QB Charlie Brewer ran to the goal line, but Schooler grabbed Baylor’s tight end, threw him into Brewer and then delivered a crunching goal line hit to force Baylor into a field goal.
“It was a four-point tackle,” Texas Tech coach Matt Wells said of the tackle after the game.
Outside of the highlight-reel hit, Schooler had a great day. He led the team with 11 tackles, added two tackles for loss and a sack to help lead the Red Raiders to a 24-23 win over Baylor.
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