Texas Longhorns'(6) Case McCoy celebrates with Geoff Swaim after beating the Oklahoma Sooners 36-20 in the AT&T Red River Rivalry of an NCAA college football game at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas,TX., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN- STATESMAN

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Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 82 days

Posted June 12th, 2017

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Let’s use Texas’ roster, history and scouting reports to countdown to the start of the 2017 football season. Today, we are only 82 days away from Texas’ home game against Maryland.

Which Longhorn wears No. 82? Junior Michael Wilson, a walk-on who saw some playing time on special teams in last year’s win over Notre Dame. Wilson has worn No. 82 since a 2014 season that also saw tight end Geoff Swaim listed under that number. Swaim was taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Who also wears No. 82? Oklahoma State DE Cole Walterscheid (28 tackles, two sacks in 2016); Baylor WR Blake Lynch (34 catches, 404 yards, three TDs); San Jose State WR Brandon Mitchell (played on Spartans’ basketball team)

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Fun fact about No. 82: The longest punts in Texas history? Alan Lowry’s 82-yard punt against Baylor in 1972 and Jack Collins’ 82-yard boot against Cal in 1959. Texas junior Michael Dickson averaged a school-record 47.4 yards per kick in 2016, and his longest punt was a 74-yarder against TCU.

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