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Steve Sarkisian Wisely Adding Wide Receiver Depth for 2022 Season

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When Texas brought in wide receiver coach Brennan Marion from Pittsburgh, they were hoping to get an upgrade and it certainly looks they did.

In just a couple of weeks, Marion has seemed to hit the ground running and got a big addition with the flip of Wyoming transfer Isaiah Neyor from Tennessee.

Neyor was a big-play threat during his time in Wyoming as he had 12 receiving scores along with 878 yards last season.

 

That kind of play is exactly what the Longhorns need next season. This past season, Texas had just one player have over 400 receiving yards. That player was of course freshman superstar Xavier Worthy who almost had a 1,000-yard season and was a first team All-Big 12 selection.

While Worthy is already a rising star in college football, it wouldn’t hurt if he had some help. Last season, Jordan Whittington showed flashes, but unfortunately injuries got the best of him once again midway through the 2021 season.

Outside of Whittington, senior Marcus Washington returns who played a small role in the Longhorn offseason last season. While the position remains a little thin, the good news is that whoever ends up being the starting quarterback (*cough Quinn Ewers) they should have more reliable targets to throw to next season.

Last season Texas finished seventh in the Big 12 in passing offense with 225.4 yards per game. That needs to improve and with the addition of a guy like quarterback Quinn Ewers, it is clear that Steve Sarkisian is trying to make that happen.

 

Obviously, the quarterback position is still a question mark simply because we have no idea what Quinn Ewers or Hudson Card will look like next season. However, we do know what Bijan Robinson looks like because when you see him you just may be looking at the best running back in all of college football.

Bijan was the heartbeat of the struggling Texas offense as he rushed for over 1,200 yards and had 11 rushing touchdowns in 2021. Robinson will be a preseason Heisman candidate going into the 2022 season and could be in the mix for the award if he stays healthy and if his team stays on track.

As good as Bijan Robinson is, it is not ideal to have your starting running back finish as the third leading receiver on the team, which is exactly what happed last year. While Texas had a few injuries in 2021, there weren’t too many guys ready to step up to carve their role into the offense.

 

With the addition of Isaiah Neyor, that could be the boost Texas needs to get the offense in gear in 2022. We have already talked about how good Xavier Worthy and Bijan Robinson are, but if Jordan Whittington can stay healthy and if Isiah Neyor can be a difference maker, the Texas offense could be a force to be reckoned with next season.

Of course, it will on depend on the quarterback position, but the offense shouldn’t be held back by lack of talent at the receiver position.

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