Posted August 26th, 2008 by Brian
Filed under: Football

Position Rating: B-
Starters: Quan Cosby, Jordan Shipley
Reserves: Malcolm Williams, Brandon Collins, James Kirkendoll

Quan CosbyThe top two guys at wide receiver are as solid as they come but beyond seniors [tag]Quan Cosby[/tag] and [tag]Jordan Shipley[/tag] there’s a big drop-off. The Longhorns will be relying on a group on unproven young players whenever the team goes to a three wide receiver set. There’s talent in that second group but none of the youngsters has stepped up and pulled away from the pack during preseason practice.

After a four year pit stop in minor league baseball Cosby has fulfilled much of the promise he had coming out of high school. He’s been a steady performer in his time at Texas and caught 60 passes for 680 yards during the 2007 season. He’s a surehanded receiver quarterback Colt McCoy and Texas fans can count on to haul in anything near him on an important third down.

As most fans know, Shipley’s biggest issue has been staying healthy. After being injured in both 2004 and 2005, he missed three games last year as well but caught 27 passes for 5 TDs. He is more a downfield threat than Cosby but can still be counted on to actually catch the football.

Cosby and Shipley are both proven commodities but neither stands over six feet tall. The Horns need big [tag]Malcolm Williams[/tag] to step up to play one of the outside spots so Cosby can move inside. Williams has all the tools but as is expected from a redshirt freshman has been inconsistent in practice. If he’s not ready sophomores [tag]James Kirkendoll[/tag] and [tag]Brandon Collins[/tag] have impressed as slot guys.

Greg Davis will also be hoping to give this group a little boost by inserting quarterback [tag]John Chiles[/tag] out wide as part of the “Q Package.” Another lightning quick slot guy Chiles will give the Horns an extra playmaker wherever he is on the field.

Overall the position has a lot of promise but a lot of question marks. If just one of the young wide receivers step up to provide a third option then the passing offense is going to be in much better shape. Cross your fingers that Williams or [tag]Dan Buckner[/tag] becomes a stud quickly.

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