It looked like the Longhorns haven’t missed a beat since last year’s Fiesta Bowl victory on Saturday. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy orchestrated many impressive drives in the season opener, and started his Heisman campaign off on the right foot.
While the Longhorns can tune up the engine a bit for the long haul, I was impressed with the receiving corps.
Jordan Shipley was the most impressive receiver out of all the Longhorns with eight grabs, 180 yards, and a touchdown. McCoy’s favorite target looks like he can make some noise to compete for the Biletnikoff Award this season. Shipley will be a fantastic mentor to the young Longhorn receivers.
It didn’t take long for freshman D.J. Monroe to find the end zone in his first game. The SpongeBob SquarePants addict ran an impressive kick return for 89 yards. Monroe is listed as a wide out on the Longhorns roster, but showed his versatility as a running back against the Warhawks. The speedster impressed Longhorn fans in his debut.
John Chiles transformation from running quarterback to wide receiver looked like a great decision by the coaching staff. Chiles caught three balls for 35 yards, and caught a touchdown. I’m sure Chiles is glad to be on the field finally after watching from the sidelines behind McCoy.
James Kirkendoll had a quiet game with two receptions and nineteen yards, but expect big things from him this season. I think he’s the Longhorns most underrated receiver on the team, and will be another proven and valuable target for McCoy again.
After all, it was Kirkendoll’s fourth down catch that setup Quan Cosby’s game winning touchdown at the Fiesta Bowl. Malcolm Williams had one catch for sixteen yards, but I won’t expect him to have a sophomore slump this year.
Williams may have lost the job to other sophomore wide receiver Dan Buckner. Buckner will provide an even bigger target for McCoy standing at 6’4. Buckner racked up the 62 yards of real estate, and caught a ball for thirty yards.
Marquise Goodwin did well during his minutes in the game with Garrett Gilbert. Both freshmen made solid starts to their collegiate careers.
Looks like the offense is good hands this season and for the years to come. Longhorn’s offensive coordinator Greg Davis and head coach Mack Brown has the confidence to line up any of their receivers on the line of scrimmage. Opposing defensive backs beware.
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