UT receivers looking for spring separation

Texas receivers will have plenty to prove during the Longhorns’ spring practices, which kicked off last week, the first of any team in the conference.

All-American Jordan Shipley is gone, and Texas has a cluster of receivers who will fight for spots through the spring and, most likely, next season. But if any of them want to begin separating themselves from the pack, now is the time.

James Kirkendoll (48 rec., six touchdowns) has the most receptions among the group of four returnees who caught at least 30 passes last season, but didn’t catch a ball in the Big 12 or national championship games. Though you can’t ignore his drought came after grabbing 23 passes and five touchdowns in the four regular-season conference games preceding his drop-off.

Malcolm Williams, Marquise Goodwin, John Chiles and DeSean Hales are among the others who could emerge in the spring. One who won’t? Third-leading receiver Dan Buckner, who caught 45 passes last season but transferred to Arizona in January.