AMES, IA - NOVEMBER 26: Running back David Montgomery #32 of the Iowa State Cyclones rushes for yards as linebacker David Long #11 of the West Virginia Mountaineers pursues in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. The West Virginia Mountaineers won 49-19 over the Iowa State Cyclones. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 83: West Virginia LB David Long

Posted June 11th, 2017

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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?

David Long burst on the scene toward the tail end of his redshirt freshman season, beginning with a 10-tackle performance against Texas. He made 40 of his 63 total tackles in the final five games of 2016, including a career-best 11 stops in the Russell Athletic Bowl loss to Miami. While Al-Rasheed Benton is the veteran of the group, Long has the skill to be the Mountaineers’ best linebacker this fall.

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

Benton’s ability to read and react allows Long to aggressively pursue the ball. You can see several instances of this in the video above, where Long takes a direct line to the ball-carrier as soon as the ball is snapped. His instincts are very good, and he’s looking for a big hit whenever a chance arises. He got a clean shot on Texas quarterback Shane Buechele for a sack last year, and that’s something the Longhorns will want to avoid at all costs.

Texas running back DÕOnta Foreman(33) works to break a tackle by West Virginia linebacker David Long with offensive lineman Tristan Nickelson in the third quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

Catch up on the series

No. 100: Joel Lanning

No. 99: Tony Nicholson

No. 98: Da’Leon Ward

No. 97: Taylor Martin

No. 96: Kyler Murray

No. 95: Davion Hall

No. 94: Mike Warren

No. 93: Al-Rasheed Benton

No. 92: Carter Stanley

No. 91: Chris Bradley

No. 90: Justin Holmes

No. 89: Alex Barnes

No. 88: Daniel Wise

No. 87: Jesse Aniebonam

No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

No. 84: Martell Pettaway

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