Texas's Kansas's #1 LaQuvionte Gonzalez during the first half in Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday, November 19, 2016. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

Posted June 20th, 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?

There’s some trepidation in typing this sentence, but it’s true so what the heck … Kansas is loaded at wide receiver in 2017. Believe it. In LaQuvionte Gonzalez and Steven Sims Jr., the Jayhawks had a pair of wideouts surpass 700 yards last season. Both of them return, and Alabama transfer Daylon Charlot joins the group. Now it’s up to Carter Stanley and/or Peyton Bender to get them the ball.

Gonzalez played his first season at Kansas in 2016 after transferring from Texas A&M. The Cedar Hill (Texas) product tallied 62 catches for 729 yards and three touchdowns. He also camouflaged himself for a trick play against Iowa State.

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

Gonzalez is a terror on the edge because of his speed, and he’s also a skilled return man. He scored multiple touchdowns of at least 95 yards with a kick return against Ohio and a deep pass against Kansas State. He does have a weakness, though. Last season he lost three fumbles on muffed punts.

Past encounters

Gonzalez caught three passes for 41 yards against Texas in 2016.

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

No. 76: Deshaunte Jones

No. 75: Byron Pringle

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