Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard (13) is sacked by TCU defensive tackle Chris Bradley (97) and TCU linebacker Travin Howard (32) in the first quarter during the Texas at TCU game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AMERICAN-STATESMAN / Rodolfo Gonzalez)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 91: TCU DT Chris Bradley

Posted June 3rd, 2017

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The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.

Who is he?

A few different names from TCU’s defensive line could have appeared here, but senior Chris Bradley seems a safe bet. Redshirt freshman Ross Blacklock and junior L.J. Collier won the starting jobs inside during spring practice, but that should only light a fire under Bradley heading into his final season. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound native of Shreveport, Louisiana, has started 18 games and appeared in every contest since his freshman season. Last year, he had 31 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He also forced a fumble against Texas Tech.

FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 25: Chris Bradley #97 of the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

What should the Longhorns watch for?

Without Josh Carraway and James McFarland outside, someone new is going to have to become a dominant pass rusher. Bradley might fit the bill. The Longhorns will have to be wary of fresh bodies rotating in and out, and teams will likely try to bring bodies up the middle if left tackle Connor Williams is as dominant as he should be.

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Past encounters

Bradley had four total tackles against the Longhorns in last year’s regular-season finale. He had two tackles and a sack in 2015.

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