Spring Position Outlook - WR

We continued our Spring Position Outlook on Tuesday with a look at a group of running backs that anyone in the country would love to have. Today we'll look at a position that's spending this spring trying to find a replacement for departed senior Mike Davis, who was voted as the team's Darrell K Royal Most Valuable Offensive Player last season.


Wide receiver

Who is gone?

Mike Davis and Bryant Jackson

Replacing Davis isn't going to be an easy task after he put together one of the most productive receiving careers in UT history. He ended his time on the 40 Acres fourth all-time in receptions with 200, fourth in receiving yards (2,753) and fifth in career receiving TDs (18).

Jackson has a recurring foot issue and is medically retiring.

Who is on campus?

John Harris, Kendall Sanders, Marcus Johnson, Jaxon Shipley, Jacorey Warrick, Jake Oliver, Montrel Meander

What's that mean?

It means the Longhorns have three solid receivers coming back in Shipley, Sanders, and Johnson, who combined for exactly 1,300 yards in 2013.

Shipley was second on the team behind Davis in receiving yards (589) but was the team-leader in receptions (56). He's one of the top returning receivers in the Big 12 and is a model of consistency.

Sanders and Johnson both made big strides last season, and are capable of playing both inside and out. They can also beat defenses in space and deep, especially Johnson, who averaged 15.9 yards per catch.

The main focal points this spring are going to be on Warrick, Oliver, and Meander to see which one can help replace Davis as the fourth receiver in the rotation.

Warrick and Oliver came to Texas as the more highly-recruited of the bunch but Meander could be the guy here based on reports last season that he was becoming one of Darrell Wyatt's favorites. Only time will tell if he has that same effect on current WR coach Les Koenning.

Who isn't on campus yet?

Armanti Foreman, Dorian Leonard, Garrett Gray, Roderick Bernard, Lorenzo Joe

Foreman, the No. 20 WR overall, is considered one of the top slots in the state. He was originally committed to OU. His brother, D'Onta Foreman, also signed with Texas.

Joe, a four-star recruit rated as the No. 25 WR in the country, was a quarterback his last two seasons. But he was consistently one of the better receivers at Texas' summer camps because of his crisp route running. He was Texas' first commitment in 2014.

Bernard, the No. 56 WR overall, is your prototypical slot receiver, and someone Alabama thought highly enough to offer.

Leonard, the No. 62 WR overall, chose the Longhorns over OU. While Gray, who Scout had as a three-star tight end, is the biggest of the bunch at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds.

Season prediction

Shipley will continue to write his name in UT's record books and easily lead the team in receptions and receiving yards. Johnson will be Texas' big-play threat but Sanders will have more touchdowns and receiving yards. Meander will fight his way into the fourth spot

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