August 20, 2007

Calling all pass catchers


No position for the Longhorns has changed more over the past two weeks than have the wide receivers. With Limas Sweed, Billy Pittman and Jordan Shipley all sidelined with injuries, receivers coach Bobby Kennedy has had to lean on some of his young talent, and the good news is that he likes what he's seen of late.

"We have a bunch of young guys that are really coming along nicely, so I'm encouraged," said Kennedy.

When Sweed, Pittman and Shipley are healthy, they're among a group of five talented receivers (joining Nate Jones and Quan Cosby) that give the Longhorns a deep pool of talent, and Kennedy said several guys are fighting for that sixth spot. Whoever wins out just might find themselves earning for first-team reps in the season opener, depending on the availability of the three injured players.

"It's hard to say right now if it's Montre Webber or Brandon Collins or James Kirkendoll or Malcolm Williams," said Kennedy when asked who was the team's sixth wideout. "I think that's going to kind of play itself out in the first few games."

Offensive coordinator Greg Davis took it a step further, indicating that all three of the true freshemen receivers (Collins, Kirkendoll and Williams) will likely see the field this year. Of that group, Davis mentioned Collins as the player "that has made the most plays consistently," but each one of the youngsters will probably hear his name called at some point.

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