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