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MySanAntonio.com Texas names a sixth team captain ahead of Red River Showdown


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AUSTIN – It’s rare for a team to add another name to its list of captains in the middle of the season. But if anyone on this Longhorns roster was worthy of such an unprecedented move, it was senior receiver Devin Duvernay.

Earlier this week, coach Tom Herman stood up in front of his players during a team meeting and made the surprise announcement.

“I’ve done this once before in my time as a head coach,” Herman said. “Just the overall leadership and production both on and off the field, so I would like to introduce to you your newest captain, Devin Duvernay.”

Duvernay has been a revelation in his fourth and final college season. After spending most of his career lining up outside, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound wideout moved inside to the slot after talking it over with coaches prior to the start of August practice.

All he’s done through five games is post a Big 12-leading 45 receptions for 463 yards and four touchdowns. He's also added 17 yards and one score rushing.

“I appreciate y’all,” Duvernay told his teammates following Herman’s announcement. “I do everything for y’all. On the field, off the field, it’s all for y’all.”

Duvernay joins quarterback Sam Ehlinger, defensive end Malcolm Roach, wideout Collin Johnson, center Zach Shackelford and safety Brandon Jones as team captains. And all six will be vital this Saturday when the 11th-ranked Longhorns (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) face sixth-ranked Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0) at the Cotton Bowl.

Texas is currently pegged as a 10.5-point underdog, per Bovada. But that means little, if anything, to Duvernay.

“I really haven’t paid much attention to it,” Duvernay said Tuesday. “We’ve been an underdog in a lot of games and it means nothing to us. We just go out there and play our game and prove...

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