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

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Troy Omeire, WR

The first candidate that comes to mind in terms of who the Longhorns can turn to on the outside in the wake of the Neyor injury news is the former highly touted blue-chip recruit and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Troy Omeire.

After suffering two unfortunate season-ending knee injuries in the previous two offseasons, it’s starting to look like Omeire is working his way back to something close to full health. It doesn’t sound like Omeire is quite there yet at 100 percent. But it’s still good to hear that Omeire is progressing back to some version of what we saw out of him in camp a couple of years ago.

If Omeire is even close to 100 percent this fall, he will definitely be a breakout candidate to watch on the outside for the Longhorns. At 6-foot-3 and 225-pounds, Omeire has the size, leaping ability, sticky hands, and quick feet necessary to succeed as an outside receiver in Sark’s offense.

And while the potential is clear with Omeire in this offense, I will be cautiously optimistic regarding this third-year wideout getting thrust into the spotlight right away this season. Omeire is still wearing a hefty knee brace in fall practice and the staff is limiting the type of routes he’s running and the degree to which he’s able to participate in contact drills, coming off those two tragic knee injuries in the last two years.

It is worth noting that it is concerning that Texas will now be more reliant upon receivers on the outside that have spotty injury track records, to say the very least. But the fact of the matter now is that the Longhorns will be forced to rely more heavily upon blue-chip talents such as Omeire and/or Alexis with so much depth being lost among outside receivers in the last few days.

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To sum this all up, I would be cautiously optimistic about Texas potentially prematurely increasing the role that Omeire will have with this offense out of the gates this season. It is risky to increase the volume of reps this early for a third-year wideout that has yet to take a single live-game rep in his collegiate career.