West Virginia running back Kennedy McKoy (4) runs the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Texas, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Austin, Texas. West Virginia won 24-20. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 45: West Virginia RB Kennedy McKoy

Posted July 19th, 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?

Much like fellow rising sophomore Martell Pettaway, Kennedy McKoy showed flashes of why the West Virginia backfield will be formidable for years to come. Now, he’ll be relied upon to do it on a weekly basis in 2017. McKoy’s 472 yards essentially came in six games. He sat out two contests and had limited carries in five others. With Russel Shell gone, it will be on McKoy to fill the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Justin Crawford. He certainly looks capable.

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

For now Crawford remains the main threat Mountaineers opponents have to worry about, but McKoy could be equally dangerous. He showed against Texas Tech (4 carries, 99 yards), Oklahoma State (10/83), Kansas (18/127) and Texas (25/73) that he can be a productive back in the Big 12. He’s quick at 6-foot, 200 pounds, and can pack a punch at the end of runs. Watch how he lowered his shoulder here on a BYU defensive back, keeping in mind that he was a true freshman playing in his second college game.

Previous encounter

McKoy picked up his first start against the Longhorns at Royal-Memorial Stadium, and he didn’t disappoint. He scored his first career touchdown in the first quarter, and sealed the 24-20 win with a 3-yard burst in the fourth. His 25 carries that day were a career high.

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.

No. 50: Taylor Young

No. 49: Joseph Noteboom

No. 48: Kenny Hill

No. 47: Jeff Badet

No. 46: Tre Flowers

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