HD Debate: Off. Player with Most to Prove

What player on offense - outside of QB - has the most to prove coming into the spring?

William Wilkerson

Armanti Foreman, 6-0, 189, sophomore

Foreman has the skills to be the best receiver in Texas’ program. But will he allow himself to get there?

From what we are hearing Foreman isn’t taking advantage of the opportunity that’s in front of him, with UT desperately seeking replacements for Jaxon Shipley and John Harris.

The coaching staff wants one of those guys to be Foreman because of his big playmaking abilities. He can make defenders miss in the open field as good as anyone Texas has. But, much like we’ve heard about Jerrod Heard, Foreman isn’t jumping to the front of the line in drills and doing the necessary things to be THE guy at the moment.

Lorenzo Joe and Dorian Leonard are two players that are doing those things, eagerly awaiting their opportunity. If Foreman isn’t careful he’ll get passed up in favor of those two or even anyone of the talented freshmen receivers not yet on campus (John Burt, Gilbert Johnson, DeAndre McNeal, Ryan Newsome).

Jay Norvell is the perfect guy to get Foreman to really tap into his potential. Texas needs him to play a much more valuable roll in UT’s offense in 2015 and will have to produce much better than the 10 receptions for 188 yards and two scores he had as a freshman (73 of those came on one play against TCU).

Chip Brown

Marcus Johnson, 6-1, 193, senior

What happened to Marcus Johnson in 2014? Everything that happened for John Harris last season - 68 catches 1,051 yards (15.5 ypc) and 7 receiving TDs - was supposed to happen for Johnson. After all, as a sophomore in 2013, it was Johnson who had the best yards-per-catch average (15.9) and seemed on the verge of breaking out.

Instead, he flat-lined. After posting 22 catches for 350 yards (15.9 ypc) and 2 TDs in 2013, he caught 27 passes for 313 yards (11.6 ypc) and 1 TD. He even regressed on kick returns, averaging a substandard 19.1 ypr in 2014 after averaging 20.6 ypr in 2013.

Ask around the program, and you hear that Daje Johnson has more of a competitive edge than Marcus Johnson.

Plain and simply, Johnson got down on himself, lost confidence and got lost in the shuffle behind Harris and Jaxon Shipley last season. In 2015, Johnson needs to cut it loose and step into a leadership position as a senior. Johnson should be in a position to help mentor a young player like Armanti Foreman. Instead, Johnson's on the verge of being passed over by Foreman.


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