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Isaiah Neyor, WR

It’s really difficult to call the former Wyoming Cowboys standout redshirt freshman wide receiver Isaiah Neyor a breakout candidate for the Longhorns this year. Neyor’s 2021 campaign definitely saw him put up numbers more than worthy enough of labeling him a breakout player last season.

In his final season at Wyoming, Neyor registered 44 catches for 878 receiving yards (20 yards per catch) and a dozen touchdown catches. Neyor also gave Wyoming one touchdown on the ground last season.

The importance that landing a commitment from Neyor by way of the transfer portal has for the Longhorns this year can’t be understated. Neyor gives Texas a true top-notch starting trio of wide receivers to boast this fall, along with redshirt junior Jordan Whittington and star sophomore Xavier Worthy.

But Neyor is the new addition to the wide receiver room that could put this group over the top in 2022. He will add a new dynamic to this offense as a sizable outside receiver that can effectively bring down 50/50 balls while boasting the potency to take the top off opposing defenses.

It already sounds like Neyor and Ewers are forming a special quarterback-to-wide receiver connection in the spring and summer. If that connection holds, Neyor could be one of the factors that are able to really move the needle for the Longhorns this fall.

Moreover, a good way to measure Neyor’s impact on winning for the Longhorns involves diving into an advanced metric he put up at Wyoming last season. Neyor finished second on the team for Wyoming last season in terms of expected points added per play on passing plays, according to College Football Data.

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Last season, Neyor registered 1.234 expected points added per passing play. In comparison to any Texas skill position players last season, Neyor would be leading the group. That’s a big feat considering how much of an impact the trio of Worthy, Whittington and star running back Bijan Robinson had for this offense in 2021.