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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 23: TCU WR KaVontae Turpin

Posted August 10th, 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?

Sure, TCU’s hopes rest on the arm of Kenny Hill, but Hill’s job will get a lot easier with a healthy KaVontae Turpin. After a breakout freshman campaign in 2015, Turpin’s production dropped off dramatically last season. Injuries kept him out of five games and limited him to 30 catches for 295 yards — less than half of what he had as a freshman. Still, he managed the second-most all-purpose yards on the team thanks to his prowess as a return man, a skill set that landed him on the All-Big 12 preseason team.

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Turpin also gave Horned Frogs fans a scare this spring when “academic issues” kept him from practicing, but coach Gary Patterson abated those fears at Big 12 media days. The runway finally appears clear, and Turpin remains one of the most electrifying talents in the Big 12, if not all of college football.

What should the Longhorns watch for?

Kicking to Turpin is almost always a bad idea. Just ask Arkansas. The 5-foot-9, 153-pound Louisiana native averaged 28.4 yards on kick returns and 12.5 yards returning punts. He had an 81-yard punt return touchdown against South Dakota State, and his 64-yard return against Arkansas very nearly won that game. On offense, he’s a dynamic weapon who has to be accounted for.

Previous encounters

Turpin didn’t play when the Horned Frogs came to Austin last season, but he did plenty of damage in 2015. The four touchdowns he scored that day are still a career high, and his six catches for 138 yards marked the first time in his career he went over the century mark. The freshman had his prints all over TCU’s 50-7 blowout victory.

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

No. 28: Kyle Hicks

No. 27: Marcell Ateman

No. 26: Jake Campos

No. 25: Travin Howard

No. 24: Kamari Cotton-Moya

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