With the recent, unexpected transfer of sophomore Cayleb Jones and lingering minor injuries to stars Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis, the Texas Longhorns may be searching even deeper down the depth chart as fall practice starts in August for a wide receiver that could fill in where necessary.
According to reports and buzz around the Forty Acres, this guy could be Amarillo Palo Duro two-star standout and true freshman Montrel Meander. Meander’s hometown paper, the Amarillo Globe-News spoke with Mack Brown regarding the 6’3″, 180 pound athlete’s progress this summer, and guardedly, he offered the following:
We can’t see him in the summer. But I hear he’s done a great job. I had this casual conversation with the four (Texas players) that came to Big 12 media day (last week). They usually give me a pretty good run down without me asking direct questions. They are really excited about Meander.
We just lost Caleb Jones to a transfer. And then (projected starters) Jaxson Shipley and Mike Davis will be limited a little bit when we start next week because of recent operations. So Montrel will be out there next Monday working hard. He will have to jump in with both feet.
Meander was originally projected to be a long-term competitor for playing time in the Texas secondary which is experienced, but will be facing some turnover during the course of the next two years.
A move to wideout — at least for the immediate future — is an interesting development for both Meander, and sophomore Duke Thomas who should also be in the mix for some snaps early during fall practice.
Overall, it’s an interesting turn of events for a guy that may have been buried on the depth chart in 2013 — and perhaps even red-shirted — who now has a chance to make a splash and see many more snaps than once thought available, on the other side of the ball.