Texas? Jerrod Heard(13) is taken down by Kansas State?s Sean Newlan(29) and Will Geary(60) during their NCAA college football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 39: Kansas State DT Will Geary

Posted July 25th, 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?

Will Geary is back. Kansas State’s top interior defensive lineman was nowhere to be found during spring practice, but returned this summer and is set to take his place with the Wildcats this fall. That’s great news for Kansas State, and bad news for everyone else. The 6-foot, 300-pound senior had 45 total tackles in 2016, including 7.0 tackles for loss. With 30 starts under his belt, he’ll an unquestioned leader of one of the Big 12’s best defensive units.

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

Geary has been a force at the center of the Wildcats’ defensive front since his redshirt freshman season, when he made five tackles and contributed to a goal-line stop late in Kansas State’s 31-30 win over Oklahoma in Norman. He’s been nothing if not consistent, with 120 career tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss over three seasons. With Reggie Walker outside, the Wildcats should have one of the best defensive line units in the league.

Previous encounters

Geary had two tackles against the Longhorns in 2016, two in 2015 and one in 2014. The Wildcats are 2-1 against Texas during his career.

Catch up on the series

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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

No. 45: Kennedy McKoy

No. 44: Bobby Evans

No. 43: Austin Seibert

No. 42: Patrick Lawrence

No. 41: Winston Dimel

No. 40: Terence Williams

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