By Jeff Kubiszyn @JeffKubiszyn on April 11, 2014
The Texas Longhorns returns most of its receiving group from 2013. The receivers should be one of the team's strengths this season. Not counting any incoming freshman who could surprise coaches in the fall, here are five receivers to watch this spring.
John Harris is the ideal red-zone threat. The 6'3" Harris only had five catches last year, but one of them was a hail mary catch when he out-jumped several defenders for a touchdown on the last play of the half. An improved passing game could give Harris more opportunities around the goal line. He could also lose playing time to a host of talented redshirt players or incoming freshman.
Daje Johnson is listed as a running back on the depth chart. Johnson is such an explosive player, however, that head coach Charlie Strong will find ways to get him on the field. Don't be surprised to see the speedy Johnson lined up in the slot, or out wide on bubble screens.
Kendall Sanders was third on the team in receptions. Texas quarterbacks looked Sanders' way often when their first reads were covered. Sanders has another year under his belt, and could really thrive in the new offense as a deep threat. Strong must find ways to get him the ball.
Jaxon Shipley is the most reliable receiver on the team. If the Longhorns need a big third or fourth down play, the quarterbacks look to number eight. Every team needs a good possession receiver like Shipley. He is the quarterback's best friend.
Marcus Johnson burst onto the scene against the Oklahoma Sooners. His 59-yard touchdown grab helped propel Texas to a win over its hated rival. After that game, his targets increased. Like Sanders, Johnson can stretch the field and cause havoc in the secondary. The future is bright for the junior.
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