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MySanAntonio.com Rise of Eagles, Duvernay could help free up Texas WR Collin Johnson


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AUSTIN – On paper, Derek Stingley Jr. was a massive underdog against Collin Johnson.

Texas’ senior receiver had five inches and 30 pounds on LSU’s cornerback. On top of that, this was Stingley’s second career game and Johnson’s 40th. Advantage Johnson.

But when LSU and Texas finally took the field Saturday, the experience gap and body discrepancies mattered little. Stingley, the nation’s top-rated 2019 cornerback per 247Sports, battled Johnson on several occasions and walked away the victor.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger went at Stingley four times in UT's 45-38 loss and completed two passes for 20 yards with a 64.6 passer rating. Stingley broke up two of those passes intended for Johnson, who finished with three receptions (on six targets) for 49 yards.

It was something of a disappointing line for Johnson considering Ehlinger completed 31 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns. But the Longhorns aren’t stressing.

“People are double covering him and putting the safety over top for a reason,” senior wideout Devin Duvernay said. “But we have a ton of confidence in him and our entire receiving core does in each other.”

Johnson does demand all sorts of attention on the field, even if his numbers don’t reflect it.

Duvernay finished with 12 receptions for 154 yards and Brennan Eagles gained 115 on five grabs as Johnson drew in multiple LSU defenders.

Still, No. 13 Texas (1-1) understands it needs to find ways to get Johnson involved earlier and more consistently. He finished the first half against LSU without a catch on just one target.

“We know it’s really easy to take one receiver away,” Ehlinger said. “But we also understand in order to open him up and get touches other guys have to get going.

“I think with the performances of...

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