AMES, IA â OCTOBER 29: Wide receiver Deshaunte Jones #8 of the Iowa State Cyclones drives the ball in for a touchdown past defensive back Kendall Adams #21 of the Kansas State Wildcats in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. The Kansas State Wildcats won 31-26 over the Iowa State Cyclones. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 77: Iowa State WR Deshaunte Jones

Posted June 18th, 2017


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?

Deshaunte Jones won’t mind that Iowa State star wide receiver Allen Lazard chose to stay for his senior season. Jones, a sophomore, was the Cyclones’ second-leading receiver last season playing from the slot. With teams concentrating on Lazard, he should have plenty of seams to exploit again this season. The former high school quarterback from Cincinnati caught 37 passes for 536 yards and 6 touchdowns as a freshman.


What should the Longhorns watch for?

Catch him if you can. Once Jones gets the ball in his hands, he’s extremely difficult to bring down. Part of that is due to his size. At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, there’s not a whole lot to grab onto. But there’s more to it than being small. Jones is extremely shifty, and his vision in tight spaces is better than most receivers. Those are skills he developed running the triple option for Colerain High School.

Jones led Iowa State with five 40-yard receptions and two multi-touchdown games, impressive considering who he’s sharing the field with. Lazard is one of the best receivers in all of college football. This season, teams can’t afford to ignore his young protege.

Past encounters

Jones had a career day against the Longhorns last fall, one of few bright spots for the Cyclones in a 27-6 blowout loss. He hauled in five catches for 87 yards.

Texas linebacker Jeffery McCulloch (23) and safety Kevin Vaccaro(18) break up a pass to Iowa State Deshaunte Jones(8) in the fourth quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 15, 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

No. 83: David Long

No. 82: Niko Small

No. 81: Cameron Batson

No. 80: Mike Lee

No. 79: Marcelias Sutton

No. 78: Carlos Strickland

No. 77: Anu Solomon

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