Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 3: Oklahoma State WR James Washington

Posted August 30th, 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?

No, James Washington isn’t going to miss the first four games with a “hernia injury.” Let’s get that out of the way first. Despite the rumors spread by popular Barstool Sports podcast Pardon My Take earlier this month, Washington says he is fine and preparing for the season like normal despite some irritation stemming from an old injury.

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Even if Washington is anything less than 100 percent, he’s still better than most receivers in college football. If he is 100 percent? He’s probably better than all of them. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior is coming off a season in which he caught 71 passes for 1,380 yards — 19.4 yards per catch. He’s likely to be the top receiver taken in next year’s NFL Draft, and he’s half of the best quarterback-receiver duo in college football.

What should the Longhorns watch for?

Washington can hurt you in a lot of different ways, but his preferred poison is the deep ball. His combination of size, speed and quickness make him a near impossible cover. And even if it seems like a defender does have good position, Washington is a magician in the air. He caught 10 passes of 40 yards or more in 2016, with three of at least 80.

The best way to take him away is by not allowing Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph time to locate him downfield, which is easier said than done with so many other talented players to worry about.

Past encounters

Texas has been mostly successful at containing Washington the past three seasons, with one big exception. In the first quarter of last year’s meeting in Stillwater, he burned Davante Davis on an inside route and then put several Longhorns on skates. The 54-yard catch and run was emblematic of Texas’ defensive problems the first half of last season.

Washington finished that game with three grabs for 91 yards. He had four catches for 42 yards in 2015 and three grabs for 19 yards and a touchdown as a freshman.

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

No. 8: Allen Lazard

No. 7: Iman Marshall

No. 6: Orlando Brown

No. 5: Cameron Smith

No. 4: Mason Rudolph

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