OU's Ryan Broyles vs. Texas secondary is matchup of Red River strength vs. strength

The nation's leading receiver on facing a Texas secondary full of NFL talent: "Hopefully one day I'll be playing on Sunday, too."
By JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: September 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm •  Published: September 29, 2010

NORMAN — Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles doesn't know much about Texas' ballyhooed defensive backs.

Doesn't know three of them are on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list.

Doesn't know at least four of them probably have futures in the NFL.

Doesn't even know their names.

And when asked by a Texas reporter how he plans to match up against a collection of defensive backs who someday will be playing on Sundays, Broyles bristled back.

"Well, hopefully one day I'll be playing on Sunday, too," he said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge. So is this team."

The battle of strength on strength in this Red River rivalry will be Broyles, perhaps the top receiver in college football, against arguably the best secondary.

Broyles is far from intimidated.

"I don't really know about all that, Jim Thorpe, none of that," Broyles said. "I've just got to make plays, doesn't matter who I'm going against."

Broyles' mettle, however, will be tested by a Longhorn defensive backfield brimming over with talent.

Cornerbacks Curtis Brown and Aaron Williams, the one who reinjured Sam Bradford's throwing shoulder last year, are projected to go on the first day of the upcoming NFL Draft. Texas' third cornerback, Chykie Brown, is also expected to get drafted. And along with Williams and Curtis Brown, safety Blake Gideon was on the preseason All-Big 12 defense after picking off six passes last season.

The Longhorns rank sixth nationally in pass defense, and weren't the cause for Texas' 34-12 loss to UCLA — the Bruins had only 27 yards passing.

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