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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 8: Iowa State WR Allen Lazard

Posted August 25th, 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?

It’s the age-old conundrum. Your team is playing a Saturday night game, and all of the marquee matchups are either late-afternoon or evening. Which 11 a.m. pillow fight is going to grab your attention? It usually comes down to a star player or two, and this year Allen Lazard fits that bill. At least he should. To find another Iowa State player who fit that bill, you have to go all the way back to 2002 and Seneca Wallace.

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Lazard has a rare opportunity to etch himself into the memory of a starved fanbase. Just making a bowl game would be an unqualified success for the Cyclones. In 2016, Lazard caught 69 passes for 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns. The talent around him is a year older, and quarterback Jacob Park has settled in as a starter. Even if the defense can’t get things together and the Cyclones remain mired in mediocrity, Lazard will be worth watching. At Iowa State, that’s saying something.

What should the Longhorns watch for?

Size, athleticism, soft hands. Lazard is an NFL-ready wide receiver right now, but he chose to come back for his senior season. The only knock on him is a lack of top-level speed, but that hasn’t kept him from getting open at the college level with teams keyed in on his every move. Lazard is especially good in the air and along the sidelines. Check out this catch he made last year against San Jose State.

Previous encounters

Texas fans were introduced to Lazard when, as a freshman in 2014, he caught eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. The following year, he had six catches for 66 yards as Iowa State upset the Longhorns. In 2016 he had seven grabs for 65 yards.

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

No. 17: Dorance Armstrong Jr.

No. 16: Justice Hill

No. 15: Porter Gustin

No. 14: Dalton Risner

No. 13: Justin Crawford

No. 12: Deontay Burnett

No. 11: Ronald Jones II

No. 10: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

No. 9: Mark Andrews

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