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

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8. Kwame Cavil (1997-1999)

While the career stats of the uber-talented Kwame Cavil might not be up to par with other Texas wideouts such as Duvernay, Johnson, Davis, etc., some of what he did for this program can’t be overlooked. Cavil was a record-setting wide receiver for this program during the late 1990s which was one of many factors that helped push this offense into a new era under head coach Mack Brown.

In 1999, Cavil set the single-season reception record for the Longhorns (at the time) with 100. Cavil also set the freshman record for receptions (23) and receiving yards (216) at the time.

Even more impressive were some of the accolades that Cavil racked up during his time at Texas. He was a Second-Team All-American in 1999 thanks to his 1,188 receiving yards and six touchdown catches. He also received First-Team All-Big 12 honors for his efforts in 1999.

What also made waves for Cavil was the fact that he was the first Brown-coached player that would forego his final year of eligibility in college to declare for the NFL Draft.

Cavil likely would own more career records for Texas wide receivers if he had stayed in college for one more season. He averaged around 770 receiving yards and 3-4 touchdown catches per season. And he definitely could’ve challenged for another 1,000-receiving yard season had he stuck around in 2000.

7. B.J. Johnson (2000-2003)

The primary wideout that tookover as the star for this offense once Cavil departed in 2000 was the ultra elusive and dangerous B.J. Johnson. It is the potency and versatility of Johnson that lands him at No. 7 on this list. He never had one massive season at Texas, but he is one of just a handful of wideouts ever to register at least 500 receiving yards and three touchdown catches in four consecutive seasons.

Johnson finished up his career at Texas with 152 catches for 2,389 receiving yards (15.7 yards per catch) and 16 touchdown catches. At the time, Johnson was a favorite target of both Major Applewhite and/or Chris Simms. He was a special wideout that could burn defenses in a number of different ways in the passing game.