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Tristan Nickelson celebrates a win against Baylor on October 29, 2016 at Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 75 days

Posted June 19th, 2017

Let’s use Texas’ roster, history and scouting reports to countdown to the start of the 2017 football season. Today, we are only 75 days away from Texas’ home game against Maryland.

Which Longhorn wears No. 75?  Senior OL Tristan Nickelson. The ex-Navarro College transfer was Texas’ starting right tackle on three occasions in 2016. In his starts against Iowa State, Kansas State and Baylor, UT averaged 27.7 points and 465.7 yards.

Who also wears No. 75? Oklahoma OL Dru Samia (13 starts in 2016); San Jose State OL Nate Velichko (started at three different positions); Oklahoma State OL Marcus Keyes (13 starts)

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Fun fact about No. 75: This fall, Texas returns eight offensive linemen who have combined for 75 starts during their time on campus. Juniors Connor Williams (23 starts) and Patrick Vahe (19) are the only linemen with double-digit starts on their resume.

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