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Golden: Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Collin Johnson will be gamebreakers for Texas in the fall

Posted April 24th, 2018

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In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a couple Bevo-related items. Here are his takes:

On the Texas wide receivers:

The Texas running attack should have no one excited.

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Daniel Young and Toneil Carter run hard but neither appear to be in that game-breaker category. So Longhorn Nation turns its eyes toward East Texas where Carthage’s Keaontay Ingram, a 2018 Under Armour All-American, will arrive this summer.

Here’s what we do know: The Horns have game changers in wideouts Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Collin Johnson. Humphrey has the knack for getting open against tight coverage despite not possessing the blazing speed enjoyed by teammates John Burt and Devin Duvernay, while Johnson. at 6-6, has the ability to impact the game with timely catches over smaller defenders. His diving sideline grab during Saturday’s Orange-White game was an indicator of what coach Tom Herman is expecting to see on a more consistent basis come the fall.

Johnson has a Plaxico Burress look about him — long, rangy and deceptively fast.

“When you have (players like Humphrey and Johnson) with the amount of catches they have, it means the quarterbacks believe in them,” Herman said.

During the last week of spring camp, Herman actually ordered quarterbacks Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele to check out of called plays no matter the down or distance to a deep throw to Johnson if he had one-on-one coverage pre-snap.

“… He really said that?” Johnson asked, when I told him of Herman’s comments. “Let’s make that happen.”

“Many, many times,” some of you just whispered.

Former Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson was at practice Tuesday along with coach Mack Brown at Denius Fields on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. AMANDA VOISARD / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

On former Texas star linebacker Derrick Johnson:

Had a nice visit with Texas legend Derrick Johnson after the Orange-White game. DJ was hanging out in the south end zone with fellow Texas exes Brian Orakpo, Michael Griffin, and Cedric Reed. Johnson , the 2004 Nagurski and Butkus award winner, was released after 13 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs but has made it clear he wants to continue playing.

“We’ll see what teams want to do after OTAs and training camp,” said Johnson, who’ll turn 36 in November. “They take their time with these type of deals.”

Teams know he wants to play so the phone will ring eventually — but on their schedule, not his.

I also chatted it up with Reed, a former All-Big 12 defensive end who told me he’ll be playing his first season with the CFL’s BC Lions. The season starts June 16.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on Dez Bryant, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, click here.

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