LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 01: Quarterback Manny Wilkins #5 of the Arizona State Sun Devils takes a hit from defensive back Chris Hawkins #4 of the USC Trojans during the first quarter at Los Angeles Coliseum on October 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 58: USC SS Chris Hawkins

Posted July 6th, 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?

Chris Hawkins enters his senior season with plenty to prove. After moving to free safety and starting there all of 2015, the former cornerback only started four games at strong safety for USC last season. He made the most of his opportunities with 44 tackles and two forced fumbles, enough for honorable mention All-Pac 12 status. All signs point toward Hawkins playing a key role for the Trojans in 2017.

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

Early in the season, experience is key. Few players on the Trojans’ defense have more of that than Hawkins, who enters his fifth year as part of the team. He also has 22 starts under his belt, and was a vocal leader despite not starting last fall. In his one full year starting in 2015, he racked up 70 tackles, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and a touchdown. If the Longhorns can get in his head early, it could trickle down to the entire secondary.

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

No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

No. 73: Zach Sinor

No. 72: Derrick Willies

No. 71: David Montgomery

No. 70: Dylan Cantrell

No. 69: Matt Boermeester

No. 68: Nick Orr

No. 67: Zach Smith

No. 66: Chad Whitener

No. 65: D.J. Moore

No. 64: Jermaine Carter Jr.

No. 63: Ty Summers

No. 62: Jacob Park

No. 61: Daylon Charlot

No. 60: Brendan Moore

No. 59: Brian Peavy

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