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Texas wide receiver coach Andre Coleman summed up his 2020 wide receiver situation eloquently on February 11.
“They just have a lot of potential,” Coleman said. “That’s it. All potential means is that you haven’t done anything yet. That’s what I tell them. It’s not about touchdowns. It’s about being assignment sound.”
Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay, two of the top eight in receiving yards in school history, are off to pursue NFL dreams. One of those two will be the first Longhorn wide receiver drafted since Marquise Goodwin in 2013.
Winning helps recruiting, but so too does putting players in the NFL. Texas has recruited well at receiver, but more Longhorns catching passes in the NFL should help Coleman in his efforts to fill his position room with as much talent as possible.
However, one of the main reasons Coleman was promoted to full-time wide receivers coach is his track record as a developer. Texas returns only one receiver with over 500 career receiving yards, and just two with double-digit career receptions. For the Longhorns to contend for one of the top two spots in the Big 12 this year, Coleman will need to teach his young receiving corps how to help quarterback Sam Ehlinger in ways they have not had to in college.
Of the receivers likely to contribute in 2020, all were four-star prospects with composite ratings in the mid-90s. There is talent. There is potential, but as Coleman said, most are unproven.
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