UT wide receiver Collin Johnson goes through drills during the first Spring practice at Denius Fields on Monday March 7, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Collin Johnson pairing with John Burt for rangy receiver duo

Posted March 10th, 2016

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Through three practices, the receivers making the most plays are John Burt and Collin Johnson.

To Texas coach Charlie Strong, they’re virtually the same player.

“You look at Burt on one side, you look at Collin on the other, you got guys who have height, which you like to have so they can go up and get the ball,” Strong said.

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Burt, the team’s top returning receiver, is 6-feet, 3 inches and 189 pounds and has speed to win down field. Johnson, a true freshman from San Jose, goes 6-6, 212 and has consistently been beating cornerbacks Holton Hill and Davante Davis. His hands are pretty good, too, noted by Johnson pulling in a one-handed catch out of bounds on a deep ball in Monday’s first practice.

“Collin is making some plays,” Strong said. “He covers a lot of ground, has a lot of height, and made a ton of plays today. He has enough speed where he can run past people.”

Since he’s been at Texas, Strong has lamented the lack of players he’s had at receiver. That problem might be solved in 2016.

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