PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 28: Ty Johnson #6 of the Maryland Terrapins runs past Steve Longa #3 and Saquan Hampton #9 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights before scoring a touchdown during a game at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 57: Maryland RB Ty Johnson

Posted July 7th, 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?

While Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan dominated 2016 headlines in the Big Ten, a historically productive season by Maryland running back Ty Johnson flew completely under the radar. His numbers (1,004 rushing yards, 6 TDs) may not jump off the page at first, but look again. Johnson averaged 9.1 yards per carry, an average that would have led the nation if he’d received the required 10 carries per game. He surpassed 100 yards five times, including a career-high 204 yards against Purdue — on seven carries!

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

D.J. Durkin has turned the Terrapins into a running machine, and Johnson is the centerpiece. Four of Maryland’s top five rushers averaged at least 5.9 yards per carry, though, which shows the dominance of the offensive line, led by center and Austin native Brendan Moore. Johnson isn’t just a runner, either. He hauled 16 passes for 206 yards, including a few difficult catches you can watch below.

Feeding the Turtles

When Johnson isn’t getting fed carries, he’s cooking for his teammates. In a profile written by Dan Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Johnson talks about his love for cooking as well as his rise on the gridiron.

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

No. 58: Chris Hawkins

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