Texas defensive lineman D'Andre Christmas reacts after falling 45-40 to Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

BEVO BEAT Football

Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 98 days

Posted May 27th, 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 98 days away from Texas’ home game against Maryland.

Which Longhorn wears No. 98? Sophomore DT D’Andre Christmas. A native of New Orleans, Christmas appeared in nine games during his first year at Texas. The 6-2, 315-pound Christmas registered five tackles and a fumble recovery, and he also sacked Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II.

Who also wears No. 98? USC DT Josh Fatu (21 tackles, one sack in 2016); San Jose State DT Terrell Townsend (five tackles)

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Fun fact about No. 98: No Longhorns tight end has more career receptions than David Thomas, who caught 98 footballs from 2002-05. During Charlie Strong’s three season at Texas, tight ends combined for 43 receptions. That number is expected to increase under Tom Herman and tight end coach Corby Meekins.

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