Texas State football picks Texas Tech, Baylor for national title
Texas State’s defense is going to put up a fight in a big game.
The Aggies are going to get the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 championship game.
They’re going to have to get off to a great start.
And it all starts with this defense.
Let’s take a look at how it stacks up against its opponents.
Top defensive players to watch: DTs A.J. Johnson and Nick Bosa: This duo is going up against the No.
“B” in the Texas Tech offense and “A” in Texas Tech’s defense.
Johnson is a 3-technique defensive end who plays on the inside of the defense.
He’s a big guy who can move well in space.
Bosa is a 4-3 defensive end that plays at nose tackle.
He has good size, length and is athletic enough to cover running backs.
Johnson has more than 4½ sacks in his career.
LBs Devonte Fields and Chris Clark: Fields is a strong safety that is a good fit for the Longhorns’ 4-2-5 defense.
Clark has good speed and is a physical tackler.
Fields is the team’s top tackler, so he should get the nod for that.
LB Brandon Wilson: Wilson is a big, physical linebacker who plays both inside and outside.
He also plays in the box to help cover running back Saquon Barkley.
LB Terence Shackelford: Shackel is a versatile linebacker who has played at safety, linebacker and defensive end.
He plays at outside linebacker.
Safety Deontay Burnett: This is the same linebacker that started the season on the Longhorn defense.
Shackee is a smart player who can run with the ball in his hands.
He can make plays and make plays on ball carriers.
RB Jameis Winston: The No. 3 running back in the country in all of football, Winston is the top returning player for the Aggies.
He should be a big factor in this game.
RB La’Darius Stewart: Stewart is a talented, bruising runner who is coming off an injury-shortened season.
He could have a big role.
WRs Kenny Britt, Kenny Shaw and Austin Hooper: Britt and Shaw are the leading receivers in the nation and the best duo in the conference.
Britt and Hooper will battle for the starting spot.
LB Mike Thomas: Thomas is a great pass-rusher who is a threat to make plays.
He will also play on the edge and cover runningbacks.
He was the Longhos’ first-team All-Big 12 pick and is the first Longhorn to win the Hermann Trophy.
LB Terrance Plummer: The third-team linebacker in the SEC, Plummer is the best pass-rush linebacker in this league.
He is a three-technically-traded player who has earned a spot on the NFL roster.
LB Jordan Jenkins: Jenkins is a solid run defender who can be disruptive on the outside.
The No, 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft is also a great cover corner.
WR Jaelen Strong: Strong is a dynamic wide receiver who will be a focal point of the Aggie offense.
Strong is the No, 3 overall pick and the No., 1 overall player in the draft.
QB J.T. Barrett: Barrett has all of the physical tools to be a great quarterback.
He played a big part in the Aggiores’ season-ending loss to Baylor and should be able to turn things around this week.
WR Dede Westbrook: Westbrook is the biggest wide receiver in this conference and the leader of a very talented team.
He caught three passes for 74 yards in the win over Baylor and is likely going to make a name for himself in the upcoming SEC West divisional matchup against LSU.
WR Kenny Britt: Britt has become one of the nation’s best receivers in his sophomore season.
Britt is a terrific athlete who has been one of Texas’ best pass catchers this season.
WR Travis Benjamin: Benjamin is a former first-round pick that is still growing into the position.
He needs to be much more consistent as a receiver in his senior season.
LB Zach Cunningham: Cunningham is a powerful linebacker that has played on the opposite side of the ball from Strong and is going into his senior year as a starting linebacker.
He had 13 tackles in the loss to Texas Tech and is coming in as a starter.
LB David Harris: Harris is the Longhoos’ top linebacker in his rookie season.
Harris has the physical ability to play all over the field and will likely get more playing time this season as a result.
OLBs Trey Hendrickson and Mike Williams: Hendrickson has a great combination of strength and size.
He fits the Texas defense well and is just one of several Longhorns who can play on either side of a linebacker.
Williams is the next best linebacker and will get more play this season due to his size.
LB Nick Boselli: Boseli is