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Texas WR Marcus Johnson
Another spot where Texas needs a playmaker to step up is at wide receiver. Through the first week of practice, more than one pass-catcher has answered the bell.
First the Austin-American Statesman's Cedric Golden took note of junior Marcus Johnson's consistent hands. Then Charlie Strong pointed out Kendall Sanders, Daje Johnson and Jacorey Warrick.
Of this group, Marcus Johnson is the most likely to slide into Mike Davis' role at the "X" receiver spot. At 6'1", he is the tallest of this group and has the deep speed (he averaged 15.9 yards per catch) to be a consistent downfield threat.
Sanders and Daje Johnson have also shown off the ability to make plays. Though he struggled without David Ash in the lineup, Sanders is a rangy athlete that can high-point the ball and break past the defense for deep strikes. Johnson struggles with his hands but has amassed over 1,300 all-purpose yards in 23 career games.
And if neither of these two works out, Warrick also has the ability to become a reliable target for this offense. In all, the 'Horns are in good shape on the outside.