Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 17: Kansas DE Dorance Armstrong, Jr.

Posted August 16th, 2017


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?

At Big 12 media days last month, Kansas coach David Beaty called it a “miracle” that Dorance Armstrong Jr. is a Jayhawk. Looking at what Armstrong has done since coming to Lawrence, it’s hard to argue with Beaty. Players at Kansas just don’t earn titles like Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year, which Armstrong did heading into 2017. The 6-foot-4, 246-pound junior out of North Shore in Houston is making his name known at a place where football is often forgotten.


Armstrong put up eye-popping numbers as a sophomore in 2016. He had 10.0 sacks, and his 20.0 tackles for loss were the fifth-most in the FBS. He ended up with 56 total tackles. Of all the talented pieces on the Kansas roster, Armstrong is the one who will make you believe the Jayhawks are on the upswing.

What should the Longhorns watch for?

Texas and its fans are well aware of Armstrong. He had a career day as Kansas upset Texas last season, with a forced fumble, fumble recovery and 2.0 sacks on his way to earning Big 12 defensive player of the week. What’s striking about Armstrong isn’t just his edge-rushing ability, but the sheer force he generates after ditching a blocker. All quarterbacks have time to do when they see him coming is brace for impact — and often there isn’t even time for that.

Past encounters

As mentioned above, Armstrong had the best game of his career at Texas’ expense last season. He finished with 11 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. In 2015, he made three tackles and batted away three passes while wearing No. 46.

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

No. 23: KaVontae Turpin

No. 22: Zach Crabtree

No. 21: Chuma Edoga

No. 20: Will Grier

No. 19: Daniel Imatorbhebhe

No. 18: Jordan Thomas

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