Nic Shimonek #16 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders passes the ball under pressure during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on September 29, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 55-19. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 36: Texas Tech QB Nic Shimonek

Posted July 28th, 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?

No player in the Big 12 has bigger shoes to fill. Nic Shimonek only needs 10,770 passing yards to catch his predecessor, Patrick Mahomes III. Considering this is his final year of eligibility, that’s not going to happen. Then again, this is Texas Tech.

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The 6-foot-3, 225-pound quarterback from Corsicana has the pedigree of a classic Red Raiders gunslinger. He started his career at Iowa, then left to walk on in Lubbock. To help his parents pay tuition, he started a furniture restoration business. Now, barring injury or suspension, he’s set to make his first college start when Texas Tech hosts Eastern Washington on Sept. 2.

What should the Longhorns watch for?

By all accounts, the Red Raiders aren’t expecting much of a drop off. Opponents shouldn’t, either. He’s got a deep corps of receivers and all the physical tools coach Kliff Kingsbury could ask for. Tech fans will point to last year’s game against Kansas, when Mahomes got hurt and Shimonek kept the offense humming. He completed 15 of 21 passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-19 win. Now the challenge will be to string together 12 performances like that.

They said it

Mahomes: “Obviously, Pat was one of the best, if not the best, quarterbacks in the history of the school. But I’m not looking to fill anybody’s shoes. I’m just going to do what I do: go out there and try to put my team in the best position to win that I can.”

Cameron Batson: “They have two different playing styles and Mahomes is the type of guy who loves the big play and Nic likes to hit the check downs and keep the drive alive. We have faith in Nic and we know he is going to get the job done.”

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

No. 45: Kennedy McKoy

No. 44: Bobby Evans

No. 43: Austin Seibert

No. 42: Patrick Lawrence

No. 41: Winston Dimel

No. 40: Terence Williams

No. 39: Will Geary

No. 38: Kyzir White

No. 37: Tyron Johnson

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