Everyone in the conference already knows about returning starters Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley. What they are going to find out next season is that Texas has four other receivers that are pretty good as well.
Spearheaded by rangy sophomore Kendall Sanders and hybrid speedster Daje Johnson, Texas' third and fourth receiver spots are going to give defenses fits in 2013. Sanders, a converted defensive back, is the leading candidate to replace Marquise Goodwin in the slot thanks to his long arms and uncanny ball skills. Johnson will also see time here after focusing this spring on improving his hands and route running, but he will be moved around a lot due to his ability to score from anywhere on the field.
But Sanders and Johnson are not the only Texas receivers that can take the top off of a defense. Junior Bryant Jackson, who averaged 17.5 yards per catch in 2012, is emerging as one of David Ash's favorite targets because of his ability to make the toughest of catches. Fellow junior John Harris is also in the mix due to his athleticism, though Texas seems to be leaning toward trying him at tight end due to his size.
What is unfortunate about this group is that it could have been even better with sophomore Cayleb Jones, who has been indefinitely suspended after fracturing the jaw of a Longhorns tennis player. Still, this wealth of talent is going to pay serious dividends on the offensive end by creating more space for Davis and Shipley. These guys are also going to force opposing defenses to use more nickel and dime, which will allow running backs Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown to exploit some mismatches.