Starter: Xavier Worthy
Backup: Brenen Thompson
There are two unquestioned starting spots that the Longhorns have locked in for this wide receiver room heading into the regular season opener. Star sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy commands one of those set-in-stone starting spots at x-wide receiver.
Sark will move Worthy around to different spots in different play sets this fall, but he should be one of the most heavily utilized skill position weapons in this offense.
Behind Worthy could be a multitude of options at this point. But the rise of the speedy former four-star recruit and true freshman wideout Brenen Thompson makes him a good candidate to get this spot on the two-deep at the x.
Starter: Jordan Whittington
Backup: Tarique Milton OR Savion Red
A starting wideout that Sark might move out to the outside with a major injury taking place at that spot is redshirt junior wide receiver Jordan Whittington. While Whittington is still the set-in-stone projected starter out of the slot, he has the ability to shift to the outside when needed.
Texas still has some versatility and depth out of the slot with senior grad transfer Tarique Milton and true freshman breakout candidate Savion Red having good runs in camp this fall.
Starter: Casey Cain
Backup: Troy Omeire
The z-wide receiver position is where the shake-ups really started to happen of late for Sark, new wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion, and the Longhorns in fall camp. The season-ending ACL tear that Neyor suffered in the first fall scrimmage forced the Longhorns to explore other options.
And that’s where the rise of redshirt freshman outside receiver Casey Cain came to the forefront. Cain has proven himself more than capable of taking the first-team reps at the z-wide receiver spot early this season.
We are also hearing some good things this week regarding the status of the former four-star recruit and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Troy Omeire as he continues to work back to full health. If and when Omeire is at least close to 100 percent, he should serve as the primary backup to Cain at the z spot.