Texas defensive back Kris Boyd (2) strips the ball from West Virginia running back Jashawn Banks along with linebacker Anthony Wheeler in the first quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 45 days

Posted July 19th, 2017

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Let’s use Texas’ roster, history and scouting reports to countdown to the start of the 2017 football season. Today, we are only 45 days away from Texas’ home game against Maryland.

Which Longhorn wears No. 45? LB Anthony Wheeler, a junior who missed UT’s win over Texas Tech last season but still led the Longhorns with his 65 tackles. Walk-on kicker Chris Naggar also wears No. 45 at Texas.

Who also wears No. 45? USC DL Porter Gustin (68 tackles, 13 TFL, 5.5 sacks in 2016); Oklahoma State LB Chad Whitener (71 tackles, four sacks); San Jose State LB Noah Failauga (eight tackles)

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Fun fact about No. 45: On 45 different occasions, Texas has been ranked No. 1 in the AP’s football poll. The Longhorns last topped the AP poll following a 28-24 win over No. 7 Oklahoma State on Oct. 25, 2008. Then Michael Crabtree and No. 6 Texas Tech happened.

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