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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 28: TCU RB Kyle Hicks

Posted August 5th, 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?

Suddenly, TCU’s Kyle Hicks has become one of the torch bearers for Big 12 running backs. Hicks was the seventh-leading rusher in the conference last season, compiling 1,042 yards and 12 touchdowns on 203 carries. He also led the Horned Frogs in receptions, with 47 for 417 yards. He was one of only two running backs — along with West Virginia’s Justin Crawford — represented at Big 12 media days.

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

In April, Hicks became the first TCU running back to be named the team’s MVP since LaDanian Tomlinson. While he’s not LT, Hicks does have a diverse skill set. He’s a patient runner with good vision. You’ll see him jump outside often if the initial hole is clogged up, and his combination of size (5-foot-10, 210 pounds), speed and agility makes him tough to bring down. He’s become an extra receiver for defenses to track, which will become an even bigger headache if Kenny Hill improves as expected.

Previous encounter

Hicks had a ho-hum 16 carries for 58 yards against the Longhorns in coach Charlie Strong’s last game. It was actually Darius Anderson, now a sophomore, who broke off the 70-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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

No. 33: Reggie Walker

No. 32: Rodney Anderson

No. 31: Jesse Ertz

No. 30: D.J. Reed

No. 29: Andre Chachere

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