3 Texas football WRs that must step up with Isaiah Neyor out for 2022

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Jaden Alexis, WR

The two wide receivers that round out this list for the Longhorns that could take some of the reps that Neyor would’ve otherwise assumed at the z spot do have some intrigue behind them. Starting off with the former blue-chip recruit and Florida native Jaden Alexis, it will be interesting to see how he’s able to work his way back from a tough season-ending injury from last year.

Alexis arrived on the Forty Acres last offseason as the highest-rated wide receiver signee from the Longhorns’ 2021 recruiting class. There was some real excitement about what his combination of route running ability, flat-out speed, and reliable hands could bring to the table for this Texas wide receiver room.

But that aforementioned season-ending injury dashed any hope Alexis had of making an immediate impact on this wide receiver room in 2021. If Alexis is making some real progress in his rehab and recovery from that season-ending knee injury this year, he could be an impact player to watch this fall.

At full health, 6-foot-1 and 185-pound Alexis does have the speed and leaping ability necessary to assume key reps at the x or z-wide receiver spot. The ideal spot for him would likely be at the x, behind star sophomore Xavier Worthy. But with the team’s needs shifting in the wake of the Neyor injury news, Alexis might be asked to take some reps in more of a hybrid receiver role.

Alexis’ importance to the wide receiver room also heightened this week with the suspension of the former Alabama Crimson Tide redshirt freshman transfer Agiye Hall.