Tillman Holloway dunks head coach Mack Brown with the water cooler after UT beat A&M 46-15 in College Station on Nov. 28, 2003. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

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Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 61 days

Posted July 3rd, 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 61 days away from Texas’ home game against Maryland.

Which Longhorn wears No. 61? Nobody. Walk-on defensive lineman Alex Mercado wore No. 61 during each of the last two seasons. Before Mercado, DT Jaicus Solis (2005-06) and OL Tillman Holloway (2000-04) were the Longhorns associated with that number.

Who also wears No. 61? Kansas State OL Abdul Beecham (five starts in 2016)

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Fun fact about No. 61: Ex-Texas RB Malcolm Brown carried the football 61 times during an injury-shortened sophomore season in 2012. Brown could have used the carries he lost that year since his 2,678 career yards rank 10th on UT’s all-time list (245 yards behind seventh-place Roosevelt Leaks). Brown is currently on the Los Angeles Rams’ roster.

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