This season, Texas junior receiver Collin Johnson has developed into one of the top targets in the Big 12.
Johnson has registered 41 receptions and 563 receiving yards, numbers that respectively rank fourth and sixth in the conference. He has caught a touchdown pass in four straight games. During his last appearance, the 6-6, 220-pound Johnson had a career-high 11 catches in a 23-17 win over Baylor.
With Texas set to travel to Oklahoma State this weekend, Johnson is firmly planted atop UT’s depth chart at the “X” receiver position. That, though, was not the case last year.
Johnson was benched ahead of last year’s game against Oklahoma State, which was played one week after a two-catch performance against Oklahoma. Johnson didn’t miss a game during his sophomore season, but he sat behind Dorian Leonard for four straight games. Johnson regained his starting gig by the end of the year.
On Tuesday, Johnson talked about his benching with reporters. When asked if the benching was merited, Johnson said he trusted the coaches’ decision. After the starting line-up was altered, Johnson focused on getting better and that helped him improve.
I definitely learned a lot and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Any adversity that hits my life, I really take it and I grow from it. I try not to complain, I try not to get too down on myself. It’s all about moving forward because that’s all I can control. I take what’s in my ability to control and I do my absolute best at that and I let the rest take care of itself. That’s listening to the coaches, showing up to work every day and just taking care of my business.
Oklahoma State is allowing 252.1 passing yards per game. In terms of its passing defense, Oklahoma State ranks 97th nationally. No individual player, though, has recorded 100 receiving yards against the Cowboys this season.
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