3. Texas has another difficult year of replacing receiver production ahead
While the Texas football program wasn’t missing out on the production from more than one key wide receiver from last season supposedly in 2019, injuries struck this position group hard. There was one key injury to the Texas receiving corps that stuck out more so than anything else.
When senior star wide receiver Collin Johnson missed his first game action of the season, the hope was that he would return for a still productive 2019 campaign.
However, Johnson missed around half of the regular season for the Longhorns. And while Johnson could be back for the bowl game, the lost production already played to the detriment of the offense. He’ll finish out the regular season with just six games played, where he raked in 497 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Johnson can heal up and be ready for the 2020 NFL Draft, but his college eligibility is up no matter what. Compound that with the loss to the Texas breakthrough star wide receiver Devin Duvernay and replacing all that production in the receiving corps starts to get really difficult. Duvernay has well over 1,200 total yards from scrimmage and nine scores on the year. And he’s not done yet.
Next season, Texas will be rely very heavily on the likes of to-be sophomore Jake Smith and junior Brennan Eagles. It is a very good thing that Herman and wide receiver coach Drew Mehringer recruited the position so well for the past two cycles. Losing Johnson and Duvernay will be hard for this entire passing game to recover from come 2020.