3. Receiving corps is the best position group
Head Texas football coach Tom Herman has to be thrilled about the results he saw from his team on both sides of the ball against Rice and Louisiana Tech. The Longhorns defense was shredded in the loss to LSU, but they were one quarter away from shutting out both of their Group of Five opponents.
What the Longhorns need to do heading into Big 12 play is continue to rely on their strength and explore depth to fill holes where necessary. What looks to be the strongest position group on either side of the ball is the receiving corps. The Longhorns had to pull out all the stops to make it work at the skill positions in the first three games.
Herman didn’t have to tap into the receiving corps as much as anticipated to fill the gaps in the running back room. But freshman wide receiver Jake Smith and sophomore Brennan Eagles emerged in a big way in bits and pieces of the three non-conference games.
The rock for the receiving corps appears to be senior Devin Duvernay. Many anticipated fellow senior wide receiver Collin Johnson to be the cornerstone of this position group, but Duvernay is outpacing him in almost every receiving category thus far. There is just too much depth across the board for the Longhorns in the receiving corps.