Post-Spring Football then and now: Wide Receivers

Devin Duvernay (Will Gallagher/IT)
Devin Duvernay (Eric Nahlin/IT*)

Post-Spring – Defensive Line
Post-Spring – Quarterbacks
Post-Spring – Defensive Backs
Post-Spring – Linebackers
Post-Spring – Running Backs

What makes this position group so interesting is Texas has missed on a number of top-end talents the last few cycles, yet wide receiver is still probably the deepest position, if not the most talented — that would be the secondary.

Something else that’s interesting, the best wide receiver, and also one of the most talented, hail from opposite ends of the country. Texas won’t want to make a habit of that, but the staff will take any and all Collin Johnsons it can get, and even if John Burt’s conversion rate on deep passes isn’t stellar, he serves a purpose because of how he forces defensive alignment.

With the abundance of spread offenses, 7 on 7 camps, and the sheer number of athletic wide receiver body-types the state produces, UT should always have an elite position grouping. The same goes for defensive backs.

The current collection is ideal in that the offense is not wanting for any type of fit. Texas has perhaps three prototype X receivers, with Collin Johnson serving as the Vitruvian Man. There are plenty of slot receivers, Z receivers, and players you can move around to exploit mismatches. There are also dynamic options you can put on sweeps and screens.

The position is in literal good hands, it just needs a quarterback who can get playmakers the ball in a position to punish.

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