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Texas WR DeAndre McNeal makes one-handed catch in practice


Texas Longhorns freshman wide receiver DeAndre McNeal hasn't been a big part of the offense this season, but if his one-handed catch in practice is any indication, that could change soon:

The 6'1, 236-pounder has one carry for nine yards this season, but is yet to make his first catch as a Longhorn, despite the promise from a member of the coaching staff that he would receive the first touch against Notre Dame in the opener if he committed. And though McNeal missed the Iowa State game due to a football injury, it looks like he's healthy once again.

With play caller Jay Norvell promising to play more young players after expressing frustration with the blocking effort and senior leadership of his players, McNeal could see more reps against Kansas. If the Longhorns are able to jump out to an early lead, it would be even easier for Norvell to justify playing more of the freshmen and sophomores.

McNeal was a consensus four-star prospect out of high school who was considered the nation's No. 20 athlete by the 247Sports Composite rankings. His pledge to Texas last December with Mesquite Poteet teammate Malik Jefferson helped set the stage for the impressive finish to the 2015 recruiting class.