CBS Sports continues the disrespect of Texas football WR Xavier Worthy

Xavier Worthy, Texas Football Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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Various media outlets have released their preseason All-America selections ahead of the upcoming 2022 college football season, and some are including notable Texas football players in the mix. And one of the latest to release their preseason All-America Teams this week was CBS Sports/247Sports.

On Aug. 17, CBS Sports and 247Sports released their preseason All-America Teams ahead of the 2022 college football season. There was one Longhorns star included in the mix in these preseason All-America selections. But I can’t help but think that there should be more than one.

The one Longhorns player included by CBS Sports and 247Sports for these preseason honors was star junior running back Bijan Robinson. Bijan was included as a preseason All-America First-Team running back selection along with Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson.

Moreover, I have to think that only including Bijan among Longhorns players was a mistake for these preseason All-American selections. The other Longhorns player that should be included here is star sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy.

I can get why Worthy wasn’t on the First-Team here, but he definitely should’ve received Second-Team honors. The First-Team wide receivers were Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba and USC’s Jordan Addison. I’ve mentioned over and over again this offseason that I firmly believe Worthy is the third-best wideout in college football in 2022 behind Addison and Smith-Njigba.

CBS Sports/247Sports snubs Texas football’s Xavier Worthy from preseason All-America Teams

But the Second-Team selections, LSU’s Kayshon Boutte and North Carolina’s Josh Downs, both don’t bring the same star power to the table as Worthy. I can see the argument for Downs here, as he did register more receiving yards than Worthy last season (more than 1,300 compared to just shy of 1,000 from Worthy). But Worthy also had four more receiving touchdowns than Downs.

In almost every way, Worthy outperformed Boutte last season. That is partly due to the time that Boutte missed due to injury issues. But Worthy’s per-game production and receiving grades are superior to that of Boutte from the games that the LSU wideout was able to play in.

All in all, this is just another factor that should serve as motivation for Worthy to continue to put the entire country on alert as to what he can do on the field this fall. Worthy is unquestionably one of the best and most potent wideouts in college football. And he should be primed for an even bigger campaign in 2022 compared to what he did as a true freshman last season.

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Texas finished up last season with a record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12), missing out on bowl season for the first time since 2016. Worthy and the Longhorns are set to open up the 2022 regular season at home on Sep. 3 against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.