Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes scores a touchdown in the first half against Baylor's Taylor Young at McLane Stadium, Dec. 5, 2015. Texas led 20-0 at the half. (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 50: Baylor LB Taylor Young

Posted July 14th, 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?

On the field, Taylor Young has established himself as one of Baylor’s most consistent defensive players and an emotional leader. Off of it, you may remember him as the player who fiercely defended former Bears coach Art Briles in a Twitter rant, saying he didn’t think he could play for the team without Briles. Young ended up playing in 2016, racking up 93 total tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. According to the analysts at Pro Football Focus, he is the Big 12’s leading returner in “defensive stops,” which are defined as tackles that result in a “win” for the defense.

What should the Longhorns watch for?

What Young lacks in size (5-foot-9, 225 pounds) he makes up for with instincts and work rate. Simply put, he’s a tackling machine. The DeSoto product has 265 tackles in his career, and his 93 last season came despite missing three games due to injury. He had three games with at least 15 tackles. Getting one block on Young isn’t always enough.

Previous encounters

Young had seven total tackles against the Longhorns in 2016, including a sack due to an intentional grounding penalty on Shane Buechele. He had 10 stops in the 2015 season finale, and three when he faced Texas as a freshman in 2014.

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

No. 51: Steven Sims Jr.

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