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Warrick gives Texas the speed-quickness combo it wants out of the slot.
Though Marcus Johnson and Jaxon Shipley project to dominate the targets, there are still a lot of passes to go around in Watson's offense. Out of the slot, Jacorey Warrick should be the third option because of his speed and lateral agility.
A lot of receivers have played well in camp, so expect a logjam behind the lead dogs Johnson and Shipley. Senior John Harris has been the "biggest performer of our whole entire training camp," according to Watson, while freshmen Lorenzo Joe and Armanti Foreman have made their case for early playing time. It's also too early to write off Daje Johnson.
Still, Warrick fits the mold for what the coaches want from this offense, which is a guy who can turn a short screen or hitch into a big play. Though he struggled early in camp with a case of the dropsies, Watson has liked what Warrick has shown in that department of late:
[Warrick]'s got great speed. He's one of those slashers who can find open seams, places in defenses both in zone coverage and he can separate and win in man coverage. His hands have been really good. He's been really good. He started off a little shaky in training camp. A lot of that, I think he was thrust into the starting job. It was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is a new territory for me. Now I've got to know all of this right now.' Once he got comfortable a little, he's been stellar for us.
If that's any indication for where he is as we close camp, Warrick has the slot locked up. At 6'3", Harris is better suited for the outside, making Foreman and Daje Johnson the top competition here. The latter will be suspended for at least one game, though Foreman will push all season.
All told, Warrick should be the third guy on Saturday. As long as that holds true, he's going to make a big impact by both moving the chains and breaking off big plays.