What To Expect From Jaxon Shipley

Sept 1, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns wide receiver Jaxon Shipley (8) carries the ball against the Wyoming Cowboys during the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas beat Wyoming 37-17. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

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In anticipation of the 2013 football season, Hook’em Headlines will break down the key players and set the expectation for their production in the 2013 season. Today we will set the expectations for a fan favorite, Jaxon Shipley.

What to expect from Jaxon Shipley? 

More involvement in the gameplan

Jaxon Shipley is the safety valve for the Texas Longhorns. Mike Davis is the downfield threat and the big playmaker that the Longhorns need. Jaxon needs to be the underneath receiver who consistently makes catches and moves the ball when needed. But the Longhorns constantly underutilized Jaxon Shipley until they absolutely need him. Last year, Jaxon Shipley caught 26 of his 59 passes when the Longhorns were losing between 1-7 points. That’s way too late to start using him and teams are going to pick up on who the Longhorns go to on 3rd down and when they need a score. Get Jaxon more involved and it will pay off in more wins during the season.

Statistical Expectations For Jaxon Shipley

85 catches for 975 yards. 

Jaxon has to be more involved this year. He needs to average around 8 catches a game. He can do that if he gets more involved in the offense. In the final 4 games of the season, Jaxon had 27 catches for 373 yards. He averaged 6.75 catches per game during those 4 games and 94 yards per game. If he can do that more consistently, the Longhorns offense will be unstoppable. If David Ash is going to get over 3,000 passing yards, Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley have to account for 2,000 of those yards.

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