Iowa State defensive back Jomal Wiltz (17) tackles Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 51: Kansas WR Steven Sims Jr.

Posted July 13th, 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?

Unlike fellow Kansas wide receivers Daylon Charlot (Alabama) and LaQuvionte Gonzalez (Texas A&M), Steven Sims Jr. wasn’t a big-time recruit. The Jayhawks were his big-time, the only Power 5 offer received by a three-star recruit out of Fort Bend Travis in the Houston area. Yet Sims, the No. 2,110-ranked recruit in the Class of 2015, caught 72 passes for 859 yards last season. He’ll be expected to lead a talented (yes, you read that right) Jayhawks receiving corps in 2017.

What should the Longhorns watch for?

Sims isn’t flashy, but Texas already knows how destructive he can be. In the game that sealed Charlie Strong’s fate, Sims made two crucial plays. Neither involved catching a pass. He juked Longhorns safety Dylan Haines out of his shoes for a two-point conversion, then batted what looked to be a sure interception away from Kris Boyd in the dying seconds of regulation. What Sims (5-foot-10, 176 pounds) lacks in size, he makes up for with a high football IQ and sure hands.

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Previous encounters

In addition to the game-changing plays mentioned above, Sims caught seven passes for 79 yards in last year’s meeting.

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

No. 56: Dravon Askew-Henry

No. 55: Michael Pittman Jr.

No. 54: Hakeem Adeniji

No. 53: K.J. Smith

No. 52: JaMycal Hasty

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