Texas wide receiver Jerrod Heard, right, celebrates his touchdown against Iowa State with wide receiver Devin Duvernay(2) in the third quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Who is the fastest Longhorn? Devin Duvernay challenges Jerrod Heard

Posted October 19th, 2016

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There’s no lack of speed on the Texas roster. In the receiving corps alone, the Longhorns have shown an ability to stretch the field against every opponent they have faced so far.

Saturday against Iowa State, the main culprits were converted quarterback Jerrod Heard and freshman sensation Devin Duvernay. Heard got open for a 37-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and Duvernay left a pair of Cyclones in the dust for a 75-yard score on Texas’ next possession.

Duvernay claimed Big 12 newcomer of the week honors for his four-catch, 96-yard performance.

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Even so, Heard has called himself the fastest receiver on the team, which has sparked some lighthearted banter in the locker room. Duvernay, a Class 6A state champion at 100 meters,  even went so far as to challenge Heard to a race.

The topic came up at Monday’s media availability.

Later that evening, Heard took the banter to Twitter.

While Heard has certainly shown speed as both a quarterback and now as a receiver, Duvernay has a proven track record. Check out the wheels he showed in winning the UIL 6A 100-meter dash in a personal best 10.27 seconds:

Still no word on whether the race has been scheduled.

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