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?
You could argue that Baylor has the best running back tandem in the Big 12. Terence Williams returns as a 1,000-yard rusher, while JaMycal Hasty is a backup that could start for many Power 5 teams. The sophomore broke out in 2016, finishing his redshirt freshman campaign with 623 yards on 119 carries. At 5-foot-8, 200 pounds, he’s a bruising back that provides balance to Williams’ speed.
What should the Longhorns watch for?
As mentioned above, Hasty is small and stocky, which makes him perfect for short-yardage and goal line situations. He only scored three touchdowns as a freshman, but with more touches and added responsibility in year two that number should rise. While he’s not as much of a big-play threat as Williams, Hasty can also make defenders miss. If he stays healthy, don’t be surprised if Hasty threatens 1,000 yards.
Hasty rushed for only 13 yards on six carries against Texas, his second-lowest output of the season.
Catch up on the series
No. 55: Michael Pittman Jr.
No. 54: Hakeem Adeniji
No. 53: K.J. Smith
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