“A kid like him being able to go out there and really pound the football for you, gives you another dimension,” Martin said. “They start to try to drop too many and things like that and Taylor's going to hurt them.”
And lately, Taylor has benefitted from Cornwell's chemistry with his receivers, most notably Randall Case.
Bilyeu is confident Jones' improvements will lead to a different outcome from the first time the Longhorns met Blanchard earlier in the season. Blanchard won that game 28-25.
“The biggest thing in that game was the turnovers,” he said. “If we keep those down and play the way we've been coached, we'll be fine.”
It will be the second rematch for Jones this season.
The Longhorns fell to Perkins in the season opener, 18-15, but blew out the Demons 48-12 in the opening round of the playoffs.
“We learned a lot from that,” Bilyeu said. “We learned tendencies and little flaws that we can pick up on easier the second time.
“It's the same way this week.”