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?
We opened this series with a converted quarterback who figures to anchor a defense this fall. Joel Lanning would do well to imitate Maryland senior Shane Cockerille — at least when it comes to his on-field performance. Cockerille, once a coveted quarterback recruit, led the Terrapins in tackles during the 2016 regular season with 108. However, he missed the Quick Lane Bowl due to eligibility issues and sat out part of the spring to take care of “responsibilities he needs to fulfill to remain an active member of this team,” per Maryland coach D.J. Durkin.
According to DJ Durkin, senior LB Shane Cockerille "has a chance" to be on the team in 2017, but is still not partaking in team activities.Advertisement
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What should the Longhorns watch for?
Assuming he suits up for the season opener, Cockerille’s name will likely be called a lot. He had double-digit tackles in five games last season, including a career-high 15 against Michigan State. He’s always around the ball. Don’t expect him to wreak havoc behind the line of scrimmage, though, as only eight of his tackles resulted in losses. His job is to hold things down for Jesse Aniebonam and Jermaine Carter to do most of the blitzing.
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