Texas may want to start holding some open auditions for wide receiver before the season gets started. A hamstring injury will cost senior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley some practice time. There is no determination on when he might return to practice.
“Shipley has a hamstring pull, don’t know the timetable on that,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said Wednesday, per ESPN.com. “I don’t think it’s very severe. We’ll try to get him back as quickly as possible.”
Texas is now experiencing some serious depth concerns at the position, as if they were not already apparent. Strong has dismissed two receivers this offseason (Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander) and suspended another (Daje Johnson). Marcus Johnson has not been suspended or dismissed, but is recovering from some minor surgery on his nose. Other receivers still eligible and available for the Longhorns include senior John Harris and sophomore Jacorey Warrick. Harris had five catches last season for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Warrick did not record any offensive stats last fall.
“Warrick is getting a lot of work and Harris is getting a lot of work,” Strong said, again via ESPN.com. “With five freshmen, it gives us a chance to look at them too.”
I guess there is a bright side to this circumstance and situation in Austin. Younger players will get more opportunities, which can only benefit them and Texas later down the line.