Taj Williams #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs catches a touchdown pass against Willie Harvey #7 of the Iowa State Cyclones during the second half at Amon G. Carter Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU won 41-20. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 35: TCU WR Taj Williams
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?
In his TCU debut, Taj Williams caught 11 passes. Despite only grabbing 28 in his next 12 games, he still wound up the leading receiver on a Horned Frogs team that led the nation in dropped passes. So, which Williams will we see in 2017: the one who went for 210 yards and two touchdowns against Oklahoma, or the one who was kept completely silent in the Liberty Bowl?
What should the Longhorns watch for?
At 6-foot-4, 193 pounds, Williams is as physically imposing a receiver as the Longhorns will face this season. He’s a big-play threat, with an 18.0 yards per catch average. Against the Sooners, his touchdowns came from 64 and 74 yards. You can certainly see how he was the No. 1-ranked wide receiver recruit coming out of junior college, where he racked up more than 1,500 receiving yards.
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