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Top opponents for Texas in 2018, No. 23: USC TE Tyler Petite

Posted July 11th, 2018

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Football season will be here before you know it. Through the dog days of summer, we’re going to get you prepared  with a series on some of the best players Texas will face in 2018.

Who is he?

Tyler Petite should be the best tight end Texas faces in 2018. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior hauled in 23 catches for 307 yards and three touchdowns in 2017, while blocking for a 1,500-yard running back in Ronald Jones II. He’ll play an even larger role this year as one of few experienced players on the Trojans offense.

MORE: Texas vs. USC coverage from 2017

What should the Longhorns watch for?

Personnel is one reason why Texas should be more wary of the USC tight end. Tim Drevno is another. The former Michigan offensive coordinator is now the Trojans’ running backs coach. That might not seem like a big deal, but as SB Nation’s Aaron Tan points out, Drevno has a history of making the tight end a star. In each of his three seasons calling plays at Michigan, a tight end finished top two in receptions. Remember Jake Butt?

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And if Petite doesn’t start putting up Butt-like numbers, it might be because Daniel Imatorbhebhe emerged from his sophomore slumber. A nagging hip injury sidelined him last fall, and the jury is still out on whether he will return at full-strength this fall. If he does, USC will be stacked at tight end.

PHOTOS: Longhorns fall to USC 27-24 in 2 OT on Sept. 16, 2017

Past encounters

Petite had two catches for 21 yards in an instant classic that went the wrong way for Texas.

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