Where goes McCoy, goes Shipley. Or so the Longhorns faithful think.
Graduating WR Jordan Shipley produced over 1,400 yards of receiving and 13 TD, including a whole bunch of clutch catches to preserve drives for the Longhorns.
The rapport between the quarterback and receiver over the past two years established a bona fide scoring duo, and Texas would do well to replace it. While Texas has a host of receivers who could produce in 2010, the ones with the most pressure on them are James Kirkendoll, Marquis Goodwin, and Malcolm Williams.
The main key for Goodwin is bettering his route running. Shipley always ran crisp routes and caught the ball in stride from McCoy. Goodwin, a former track state champion and current member of the Longhorn track team, is fast, but must develop into a crisp route runner to make up for his 5'9" frame.
Kirkendoll, the senior member of the group, had six touchdowns last year. He and Williams are expected to be the deep threats this year for Garett Gilbert. Kirkendoll also needs to have a good year this year to improve his draft stock, as a big year could possibly have him thinking about playing on Sundays.
Williams is the X Factor. I see Williams possibly in the mode of a Quan Cosby type receiver (6'3") with good hands and big play ability. With Shipley gone, and this being Williams' third year as part of the starting receiver corps, now is his time to shine.
I expect no less than 800-900 yards and 7 TD from Williams, as well as one or two big plays on special teams. (He did recover a blocked punt in the end zone in a game last year)