Texas offensive lineman Patrick Vahe, known for his long hair and bruising guard play, returns in 2016 after being named a freshman All-American. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 77 days

Posted June 17th, 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 77 days away from Texas’ home game against Maryland.

Which Longhorn wears No. 77? Junior offensive lineman Patrick Vahe, who has made 19 career starts at left guard. Athlon Sports gave the 6-4, 325-pound Vahe a fourth-team nod on its All-Big 12 preseason team.

Read more: Texas lineman Patrick Vahe eager to start again

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Who also wears No. 77? Baylor OL Patrick Lawrence (13 starts in 2016); Kansas OL Joe Gibson (six starts)

Fun fact about No. 77: Texas opponents punted 77 times in 2016, and the Longhorns returned 28 of those kicks for an average of 6.5 yards. Among the 128 FBS-level programs, Texas was tied for 91st in average yardage off of punt returns.

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