With his 107 receiving yard performance against Iowa State, Texas’ Devin Duvernay became the eighth receiver in school history to record a 1000-yard season. He joined Lil’Jordan Humphrey (1176 yards in 2018) as slot receivers in Texas head coach Tom Herman’s offense to eclipse the 1000-yard mark.
Often when I begin a rankings list I'll mention schematic fit as something I account for. I'll say something like, I'm not going to let a kid's bad choice sink my evaluation. Or if they make a good decision, I'll happily ride those coattails. Often with the elite players fit doesn't matter as much, but I will account for how well a program has been developing talent. No fan base has learned this simple lesson harder or more resolutely than Texas: development really matters.
One of the big storylines out of fall camp so far is the move of senior wideout Devin Duvernay from the outside “Z” receiver position to the slot “H” spot that was left vacant when Lil’Jordan Humphrey decided to leave school early for the NFL. Over the last few years, vacancies at the H spot have almost served as a reward position for whichever receiver has the best offseason. Other than the X receiver, who also enjoys closer proximity to the QB, the H is the next closest skill player to the QB and also tends to be matched up on nickels, safeties, and linebackers with divided attention.
It was a gorgeous first day of practice at the Denius practice fields where the 85-degree temperature started out the day, but steadily rose throughout it. There was not a cloud in the sky.
Houston was the perfect job for Tom Herman to take for three reasons. The first was that it allowed him to get back to work in the familiar grounds at Texas, recruiting and developing in a state he already knew well thanks to previous stops at Texas, Sam Houston State, Texas State, and Rice.