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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 11: USC RB Ronald Jones II

Posted August 22nd, 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?

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking USC’s offense is based solely around quarterback Sam Darnold. The odds-on Heisman Trophy favorite was on fire at the end of 2016, but he also has a heck of a sidekick in running back Ronald Jones II. Jones rushed for 1,082 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, and had at least 100 yards in four of the last six games. That included an 18-carry, 223-yard outburst against California. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound McKinney, Texas, native is a big reason why USC is considered a playoff contender.

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

For Texas to have any chance of beating USC, it has to slow Jones. The Trojans are replacing three starters on the offensive line and they’re still looking for a consistent deep threat at wide receiver. The talent is certainly there, and Darnold has proven himself as an elite quarterback, but it seems unlikely USC’s passing attack will be fully developed by mid-September. If that’s the case, the Trojans may rely heavily on Jones to move the chains against Texas.

The blueprint exists. Washington and Penn State held him in check while coming the closest to beating USC during the second half of last season, limiting him to 4.0 and 2.8 yards per carry respectively. If Jones gets closer to his average of 6.2 it could be a long night.

Catch up on the series

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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

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No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

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No. 77: Anu Solomon

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No. 75: Byron Pringle

No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

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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

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No. 51: Steven Sims Jr.

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No. 47: Jeff Badet

No. 46: Tre Flowers

No. 45: Kennedy McKoy

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No. 40: Terence Williams

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No. 38: Kyzir White

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No. 36: Nic Shimonek

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No. 26: Jake Campos

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No. 24: Kamari Cotton-Moya

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No. 20: Will Grier

No. 19: Daniel Imatorbhebhe

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