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Spring candidates: John Harris, Daje Johnson, Marcus Johnson, Montrel Meander, Jake Oliver, Kendall Sanders, Jaxon Shipley, Jacorey Warrick
Texas loses 200 receptions, 2,753 yards, 18 touchdowns and 38 starts with standout wide receiver Mike Davis entering the NFL draft. But the positive is the Longhorns still have a lot of talent and depth at wide receiver.
Texas has three viable receivers who could take over the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 starting roles with Marcus Johnson, Sanders and Shipley. The trio has combined for 220 receptions, 2,659 yards and 13 touchdowns. Shipley is the veteran of the group, but Johnson and Sanders proved to be reliable options in 2013.
Running back/wide receiver Daje Johnson is arguably one of the most talented athletes on the Longhorns' roster, but has struggled to stay healthy and out of trouble during his first two seasons at Texas. If he can regain his focus, the speedster could become one of the most critical weapons for the Texas offense.
Meander, Oliver and Warrick do not have much experience at the college level, but the trio has the chance to become difference-makers for Texas. Meander and Warrick were both three-time all-district receivers in high school, and Oliver was a Parade All-American and set the Texas state high school record for career receptions during his time at Jesuit High School.
Even though nobody is guaranteed a starting position, it is difficult to expect anyone will take the starting roles from Marcus Johnson, Sanders and Shipley. However, a heated battle will almost certainly take place among those gunning for playing time as backup receivers this spring.
The competition will only heat up during the summer when incoming freshmen Roderick Bernard, Armanti Foreman, Garrett Gray, Lorenzo Joe and Dorian Leonard arrive in Austin.
Taylor Gaspar is Bleacher Report's Featured Columnist covering the Texas Longhorns. Follow Taylor on Twitter: @Taylor_Gaspar.