It’s been hard keeping track of which Texas wide
receivers are healthy and which aren’t. What was once one of the team’s deepest
units, the Longhorns’ receiving corps is now one of the thinnest.
“I just thought everyone was hurt,” said senior wideout
Mike Davis, who recently returned from hernia surgery. “It’s just a freak
thing. We’ll be good. With injuries, you just have to push through.”
Junior Bryant Jackson suffered a fractured right foot in
a scrimmage earlier this month and will not play in the Longhorns’ season
opener against New Mexico State this Saturday. Sophomore receiver Marcus
Johnson, who sprained his right MCL two weeks ago, may also be unavailable.
Jaxon Shipley, who made a team-best 59 catches last
season, underwent a hip procedure and was listed as a co-starter with junior
John Harris when Texas released its depth chart Monday. Davis, who led the Longhorns with 939 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012, expressed confidence that Shipley would suit up this week.
“It’s the biggest concern that I have,” head coach Mack Brown
said of the injuries to wide receivers. “We’ll know more after tomorrow’s practice. How is Jaxon Shipley? How is
Marcus Johnson? If they’re fine, we’ll be fine. If not, we’ll have to play more
of the younger [receivers].”
One of the younger receivers that should see playing time Saturday is true freshman Jacorey Warrick, a highly-touted prospect from Houston Cypress Falls. He is listed as a backup wide receiver behind sophomore Daje Johnson.
Texas will also be without sophomore Kendall Sanders, who
is serving a one-game suspension stemming from his DWI arrest this April. Fellow sophomore receiver Cayleb Jones, who allegedly hit a Longhorns tennis player in March, transferred
to Arizona after also being suspended.