OU running back Samaje Perine is tackled by UT defenders DeShon Elliott, John Bonney and Malik Jefferson in the third quarter at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas Saturday October 8, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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How did the Big 12’s early draft entrees fare against Texas?

Posted January 19th, 2017

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Following Monday’s deadline, there were 10 underclassmen from the Big 12 who had elected to enter the NFL Draft.

One of those names belonged to Texas running back D’Onta Foreman, who topped 2,000 rushing yards during his junior year. Texas fans will surely be sad to see Foreman go, but how happy will they be to watch those other nine players leave the conference?

How did those nine draft prospects perform in their collegiate careers against Texas? Here is the scouting report:

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STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 21: KD Cannon #9 of the Baylor Bears pulls in a touchdown pass against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the second half at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 21: KD Cannon #9 of the Baylor Bears pulls in a touchdown pass against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the second half at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Baylor WR KD Cannon

A junior, Cannon appeared in three games against Texas. Cannon recorded 10 catches and 120 receiving yards over those contests, and his only touchdown was a 15-yard score in 2016.

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 05: Shelton Gibson #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers runs after the catch while being tackled by Courtney Arnick #28 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the game on November 5, 2016 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 05: Shelton Gibson #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers runs after the catch while being tackled by Courtney Arnick #28 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the game on November 5, 2016 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson

A redshirt junior, Gibson got to play against Texas in each of the past three seasons. Gibson, though, did not record his first catch in this series until West Virginia’s 24-20 win this past November. In that four-point decision, Gibson had four catches and 65 yards.

Texas Longhorns 6 Jake Oliver fights for the first down against Kansas State Wildcats 9 Elijah Lee during the second half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas Longhorns 6 Jake Oliver fights for the first down against Kansas State Wildcats 9 Elijah Lee during the second half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Kansas State LB Elijah Lee

A junior, Lee logged 18 tackles and two sacks as Texas scored 44 points in its last three games against Kansas State. Lee was one of Kansas State’s leading tacklers in each of the last two meetings between these schools.

UT linebacker Malik Jefferson pressures Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II in the first quarter at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock Saturday November 5, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
UT linebacker Malik Jefferson pressures Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II in the first quarter at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock Saturday November 5, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes II

In three meetings with Texas, Mahomes threw for 848 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Texas Tech’s junior quarterback completed 59.7 percent of his 119 passes against the Longhorn secondary, and he exceeded the 350-yard mark in two of those contests. Texas also sacked Mahomes on eight occasions.

UT defensive lineman D'Andre Christmas (98) tries to wrap up OU running back Joe Mixon at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas Saturday October 8, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
UT defensive lineman D’Andre Christmas (98) tries to wrap up OU running back Joe Mixon at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas Saturday October 8, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon

A redshirt sophomore, Mixon carried the football 24 times for 72 yards during his two games against Texas. Mixon never scored against Texas, but he did catch six footballs. Mixon also lost two fumbles during the 2016 Red River Showdown.

OU running back Samaje Perine is tackled by UT defensive tackle Poona Ford in the third quarter at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas Saturday October 8, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
OU running back Samaje Perine is tackled by UT defensive tackle Poona Ford in the third quarter at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas Saturday October 8, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine

A junior, Perine scored in all three of his games against Texas. Perine ran 63 times for 312 yards and four scores in the Red River Showdown, and he turned in a 214-yard, two-touchdown performance in 2016. Perine, who graduated from nearby Hendrickson High, exits college as Oklahoma’s all-time leading rusher.

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 28 : Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners scrambles under pressure from defensive tackle Vincent Taylor #96 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys November 28, 2015 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 58-23.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 28 : Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners scrambles under pressure from defensive tackle Vincent Taylor #96 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys November 28, 2015 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 58-23.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Oklahoma State DT Vincent Taylor

A redshirt junior, Taylor made the most of his two appearances against Texas. In 2015, Taylor recorded three tackles and 1.5 sacks in a 30-27 win over the Longhorns. In 2016, Taylor tackled two Longhorns and blocked two extra-point attempts in a 49-31 triumph.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02: A fan of Oklahoma Sooners cheers prior to the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 02: A fan of Oklahoma Sooners cheers prior to the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Oklahoma DL Charles Walker

A redshirt junior, Walker played in only one game against Texas. He recorded just a tackle of Johnathan Gray in that 2015 appearance. Walker, who was sidelined for part of the season by a concussion, left the Sooners in November to prepare for the draft.

Baylor wide receiver Ishmael Zamora makes a reception against Texas in the first quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)
Baylor wide receiver Ishmael Zamora makes a reception against Texas in the first quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora

A redshirt sophomore, Zamora only logged statistics in one game against Texas. This past October, Zamora turned his four receptions into 45 yards and a 20-yard touchdown.

Judging by the statistics, it looks like Texas fans won’t miss seeing players like Perine, Mahomes and Taylor in 2017. If they blinked, however, they may have missed foes like Gibson, Walker and Zamora.

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