Texas Football: 10 best wide receivers all-time for the Longhorns

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Jaxon Shipley, Texas Football Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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Honorable mentions

Devin Duvernay (2016-2019)

There are so many honorable mentions worth considering when trying to pick the top wide receivers in program history for the Longhorns. But one wideout that’s hard to overlook in this discussion is Devin Duvernay. This former blue-chip recruit had one of the best seasons in recent memory for Texas in 2019.

During the 2019 season, Duvernay registered a Big 12 best 106 catches for 1,386 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns. That helped to contribute to a productive career stat line for Duvernay that saw him tally up nearly 2,500 receiving yards, 14 yards per catch, and 17 total touchdowns.

That 2019 campaign for Duvernay was also good for the second-most receiving yards in a single season for any Texas wideout ever.

It’s also worth noting that Duvernay ranks eighth in Texas program history in career receptions (176) and eighth in career receiving yards (2,468).

Wane McGarity (1995-1998)

Another instance of a Texas wideout having a massive senior campaign that gets him recognition on this list is Wane McGarity. Texas saw McGarity breakthrough in a big way back in 1998, when he registered 58 catches for nearly 1,100 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

McGarity ranks 13th in program history in receiving yards (1,684) and sixth among wideouts with at least 1,000 career receiving yards in yards per catch (17.7).

Cotton Speyrer (1968-1970)

There are many arguments that could be made that the Texas legend Cotton Speyrer belongs among the top 10 wideouts in program history. Since that time period in college football (the late 1960s and early 1970s) didn’t feature really any high-powered passing games, Speyrer was handicapped in terms of his career stats compared to other more recent Texas wideouts.

Yet, Speyrer had a massive impact on some of those great Darrell Royal-coached Texas teams. He finished up his three seasons playing for Texas with more than 1,000 receiving yards, 1,283 total yards from scrimmage, and nine total touchdowns.

Jaxon Shipley (2011-2014)

You will find Jaxon Shipley all over the leaderboards in terms of career receiving numbers for the Longhorns. Shipley was very productive for Texas in the early-to-mid 2010s, despite never really having a consistent passing game to lift up his receiving numbers.

In his four seasons at Texas, Shipley racked up 218 catches (third in program history) for 2,510 receiving yards (seventh in program history) and 11 touchdown catches.