Texas wide receiver Jordan Whittington is one of the most versatile players on the Longhorns roster, playing multiple roles and attacking defenses from various angles.
Outside of Whittington, who has missed much of the year through injury, and freshman phenom Xavier Worthy, Texas’ receiving core have been largely disappointing in 2021 and have been looking for playmakers. .
Steve Sarkisian did that in the offseason, signing several impact pass catchers at wide receiver, including Isaiah Neyor from Wyoming and Agiye Hall from Alabama.
However, according to Whittington, this is none other than the true under-the-radar freshman Savion Red showing signs of being a potential diamond in the rough for the Horns.
“He’s like a Deebo Samuel – a bigger guy who runs the ball like a running back,” Whittington said on Tuesday. “He reminds me of me. It’s like I have a twin there.
Red, a Texas native, chose the Longhorns over the SMU Mustangs and others in the 2022 recruiting round. Red had previously committed to SMU and reopened his recruiting after the Mustangs replaced their head coach Sonny Dykes.
Samuel, of course, who recently received a massive extension from the San Francisco 49ers, is one of the most versatile players in the entire NFL and has been used in countless ways by the head coach (and former Longhorns wide receiver ) Kyle Shanahan.
Last season, Samuel had 77 catches for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns, as well as 59 carries for 365 yards and eight touchdowns. Samuel was also 1 of 2 for 24 yards and a touchdown pass.
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In true Deebo fashion, Red did it all as a senior at Grand Prairie in 2021, finishing with 857 passing yards for seven quarterback touchdowns, 1,367 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns, and catching 10 passes for 128 yards. and a touchdown to the receiver.
Also an all-around playmaker when healthy, Whittington began his Texas career as a running back, before moving into receiver, where he had 26 catches for 377 yards and three touchdowns in 2021, playing multiple roles. receiver along the way.
If the Longhorns can get similar production from Red, who looks set to make an impact early, the Longhorns offense could be even more explosive than expected.
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