Conference Preview: Wide Receivers

A combination of injuries and attrition have thinned out the Longhorn receiving corps. Read more inside.

No one can deny that the Texas receiving corps has talent. There's Mike Davis, one of the best big-play receivers in the league. There's true freshman Jaxon Shipley, who has shown outstanding quickness and a surprising ability to go win a jump ball in traffic. Marquise Goodwin is one of the fastest men in college football. John Harris is a tall, long and smooth athlete. And there's Darius White, arguably the most talented of them all.

But inconsistent quarterback play has held this group somewhat from getting on total track. Davis has held up true to form by averaging 32 yards per catch over his six snags, but he doesn't have a touchdown. Shipley has made several outstanding plays, but has only seen the ball as a pass-catcher 10 times. Goodwin is still getting into the swing of things after coming back from the Track and Field World Championships, and has three catches for 15 yards, though he does have a 20-yard run to his credit. White has been inconsistent and Harris was recently announced out with a foot injury.

In short, the Longhorns haven't quite reached their potential, whether through faults of their own, or through circumstances. On one hand, you have to give Texas credit, as the receivers are blocking well downfield, and appear ready to break out when the quarterback play settles down. On the other, they aren't there yet. And their grade will reflect that.

Quick Hit Analysis: The Longhorns have shown enough to make teams wary of the Texas passing game. Davis had a 100-yard game in the opener, and Shipley is certainly capable of a similar output. As Goodwin finds his stride, and depth develops, this should be a pretty dangerous group.

Grade: B

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