West Virginia (7) Daryl Worley and (6) Dravon Askew-Henry celebrate a recovered fumble against Texas in the first half of the game on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 56: West Virginia S Dravon Askew-Henry

Posted July 8th, 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?

Many expect graduate transfer quarterback Will Grier to be a difference-maker for West Virginia (more on him later), but getting back safety Dravon Askew-Henry might be just as important. The Mountaineers suffered a huge blow in 2016 when Askew-Henry went down with a season-ending knee injury during fall camp. The junior started all 26 games his first two seasons, playing more than 1,000 snaps in 2015. He’ll plug right back in next to Kyzir White, completing one of the best safety tandems in college football.

What should the Longhorns watch for?

In West Virginia’s 3-3-5 defensive scheme, defensive backs are vital. Askew-Henry has been a consistent presence throughout his career, and the Mountaineers will rely on his experience as they replace several members of the secondary. In addition to his 59 total tackles in 2016, Askew-Henry also had one interception and four pass break-ups. He’s a constant presence on balls over the middle, and at 6-foot, 195-pounds isn’t afraid to lay a big hit. Receivers and quarterbacks have to be alert.

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Previous encounters

Askew-Henry made four tackles and broke up a pass against the Longhorns in 2015.

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

No. 57: Ty Johnson

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