UT wide receiver Xavier Worthy
Just a true sophomore, Texas’ Xavier Worthy is already the best wide receiver in the Big 12. Now, many expect him to become one of the nation’s top weapons this fall.
As a true freshman, the former 4-star recruit put up 981 yards and 12 TDs on 62 receptions. Meanwhile, his 81.7 receiving yards per game were good for tops in the conference. All of those numbers garnered Worthy preseason All-American honors and a place on the Biletnikoff Award watchlist.
Worthy will combine with Wyoming transfer Isaiah Neyor (who is also on the Biletnikoff Award watchlist) to give UT the best 1-2 wide receiver duo in the Big 12 and one of the best in the nation. Last year, Neyor put up 878 yards and 12 TDs while averaging an insane 19.9 yards per reception.
But it is Worthy who will be the focal point of the UT passing game. Last season, he had four 100-yard games while twice catching three TDs in a game.
Unfortunately, one of those 3-TD games was against the Red Raiders. In UT’s laughable blowout, he also caught five passes for 100 yards.
What is scary is that last season, UT had below-average QB play as they would change starters mid-season and yet Worthy still found a way to dominate the Big 12. This year, many expect Ohio State transfer Quinn Ewers to give the Horns their first superstar QB since Colt McCoy and that could mean huge things for Worthy.
Tech will face UT in the conference opener and there’s no doubt that Worthy will be a focal point of DeRuyter’s defensive game plan. Hopefully, the veteran Red Raider secondary can at least keep this dynamic receiver from going wild like he did last year against Tech.