Kyle Hicks #21 of the TCU Horned Frogs carries the ball against D.J. Reed #2 of the Kansas State Wildcats and Reggie Walker #51 of the Kansas State Wildcats in the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 33: Kansas State DE Reggie Walker

Posted July 31st, 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?

The 2016 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year is back and figures to be even better as a sophomore. Despite not receiving much interest from LSU, the Louisiana product burst onto the Big 12 scene in his first college season. He made 39 total tackles, including 11.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He also forced three fumbles and recovered two.

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

Somewhat undersized at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds coming out of high school, Walker was listed by some recruiting websites as a linebacker. He’s put on some weight — now listed at 242 pounds — but also used his athleticism as an advantage. He’ll receiver a lot more attention this year though, especially in the absence of last year’s Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Jordan Willis.

Previous encounter

Walker had three solo tackles, including a sack, against the Longhorns in 2016.

Catch up on the series

No. 100: Joel Lanning

No. 99: Tony Nicholson

No. 98: Da’Leon Ward

No. 97: Taylor Martin

No. 96: Kyler Murray

No. 95: Davion Hall

No. 94: Mike Warren

No. 93: Al-Rasheed Benton

No. 92: Carter Stanley

No. 91: Chris Bradley

No. 90: Justin Holmes

No. 89: Alex Barnes

No. 88: Daniel Wise

No. 87: Jesse Aniebonam

No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

No. 84: Martell Pettaway

No. 83: David Long

No. 82: Niko Small

No. 81: Cameron Batson

No. 80: Mike Lee

No. 79: Marcelias Sutton

No. 78: Carlos Strickland

No. 77: Anu Solomon

No. 76: Deshaunte Jones

No. 75: Byron Pringle

No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

No. 73: Zach Sinor

No. 72: Derrick Willies

No. 71: David Montgomery

No. 70: Dylan Cantrell

No. 69: Matt Boermeester

No. 68: Nick Orr

No. 67: Zach Smith

No. 66: Chad Whitener

No. 65: D.J. Moore

No. 64: Jermaine Carter Jr.

No. 63: Ty Summers

No. 62: Jacob Park

No. 61: Daylon Charlot

No. 60: Brendan Moore

No. 59: Brian Peavy

No. 58: Chris Hawkins

No. 57: Ty Johnson

No. 56: Dravon Askew-Henry

No. 55: Michael Pittman Jr.

No. 54: Hakeem Adeniji

No. 53: K.J. Smith

No. 52: JaMycal Hasty

No. 51: Steven Sims Jr.

No. 50: Taylor Young

No. 49: Joseph Noteboom

No. 48: Kenny Hill

No. 47: Jeff Badet

No. 46: Tre Flowers

No. 45: Kennedy McKoy

No. 44: Bobby Evans

No. 43: Austin Seibert

No. 42: Patrick Lawrence

No. 41: Winston Dimel

No. 40: Terence Williams

No. 39: Will Geary

No. 38: Kyzir White

No. 37: Tyron Johnson

No. 36: Nic Shimonek

No. 35: Taj Williams

No. 34: Keke Coutee

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