Texas defensive tackle Chris Nelson (97) breaks into the backfield against Iowa State in the second quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 97 days

Posted May 28th, 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 97 days away from Texas’ home game against Maryland.

Which Longhorn wears No. 97? Junior DT Chris Nelson. An eight-time starter during his sophomore year, the 6-3, 300-pound Nelson collected 45 tackles and 1.5 sacks over Texas’ 12 games. Thanks to an eight-tackle performance against Notre Dame, Nelson was also the only Longhorn defender to win a Big 12 Player of the Week award in 2016.

Who also wears No. 97? Texas Tech DL Joseph Wallace (10 tackles, one fumble recovery in 2016); Kansas DT Kellen Ash (one tackle, one fumble recovery)

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Fun fact about No. 97: No offensive play in the history of Texas’ football team has covered more yards than Wane McGarity’s 97-yard catch against Oklahoma in 1998. During a 34-3 rout of the Sooners — a game that may be remember more for Ricky Williams wearing the late Doak Walker’s No. 37 — McGarity turned a pass from Major Applewhite into a 97-yard score. Two years later, Applewhite was also responsible for a 96-yard touchdown pass.

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