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?
If you’re looking for players who could ruin Tom Herman’s debut, Jesse Aniebonam is one of just a few on the Maryland roster. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound senior is expected to be one of the best defensive ends in the Big Ten this fall. He totaled 46 tackles as a junior, leading the Terrapins with 14.0 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks.
What should the Longhorns watch for?
Aniebonam is a hybrid at the “Buck” position, with a combination of size to challenge offensive linemen and speed to chase players to the edge. The Longhorns will need to know where he is at all times, lest he get a clean hit on quarterback Shane Buechele. That’s the last thing Texas needs with limited depth at quarterback, especially in the season opener.
Catch up on the series
No. 90: Justin Holmes
No. 98: Alex Barnes
No. 97: Daniel Wise
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