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Texas vs. ISU: WR Devin Duvernay and LB Jeffrey McCulloch headline the true freshman report

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The Buechele-to-Duvernay connection is heating up.

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After hours of debate and discussion in the situation room, we’ve made an executive decision to change the name of this weekly post from the Redshirt Tracker to the True Freshmen Report following the victory by the Texas Longhorns over the Iowa State Cyclones.

Since we not only list who is still eligible for a redshirt, but also take a look at how the true freshmen that do get on the field perform each game, we came to the consensus that the title change would reflect the weekly post more accurately.

We thank you for your understanding and support...

Freshmen who played this past Saturday against Iowa State (11)

(The list below has each player from the game along with their respective stats, if they had any.)

  • QB Shane Buechele — 26/38 (68.42%), 295 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • RB Kyle Porter — 7 car, 37 yds
  • WR Devin Duvernay — 4 rec, 96 yds, 1 TD
  • WR Collin Johnson — 2 rec, 21 yrds
  • C Zach Sahckelford — starting center
  • D’Andre Christmas — 1 fumble rec
  • DL Jordan Elliott — 2 TT, .5 TFL
  • Fox Malcolm Roach — no stats
  • LB Jeffrey McCulloch — 4 TT, 1 TFL, 1 sack
  • LB Erick Fowler — 1 TT, 1 TFL
  • S Brandon Jones — 2 TT

Freshmen who’ve played through six games (16)

(If they have recorded stats, I’ve listed those next to their names as well)

  • QB Shane Buechele — 129 of 193 (63.7%, +1.1% increase since the previous game), 1500 yards, 13 TD’s, 5 INT (plus 1 rushing TD)
  • RB Kyle Porter — 28 car, 117 yds, 4.1 YPC, 2 TD
  • WR Devin Duvernay — 9 rec, 193 yds, 2 TD
  • WR Collin Johnson — 8 rec, 87 yds
  • WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey — 2 rec, 15 yds
  • C Zach Shackelford — starting center
  • OL Jean Delance — reserve offensive lineman
  • OL Denzel Okafor — reserve offensive lineman
  • DE Malcolm Roach — 16 TT, 2 TFL, 2 sacks
  • DT D’Andre Christmas — 2 TT, 1 fumble rec
  • DT Gerald Wilbon — 10 TT
  • DL Jordan Elliott — 6 TT, 1.5 TFL, 1 sack
  • LB Jeffery McCulloch — 13 TT, 2 TFL, 1 sack
  • S Brandon Jones — 10 TT, 2 blocked punts (got a piece of another), 1 safety, 2 PR for 33 yards, 1 KR for 21 yards
  • DB Donovan Duvernay — no stats recorded
  • DE/OLB Erick Fowler — 1 TT, 1 TFL

— Devin Duvernay and Shane Buechele have begun to form an explosive, deep-threat connection these past couple of weeks. For the second straight game in a row, Buechele hit a streaking Duvernay down the sideline on a long touchdown pass.

It would be great for Texas if the Buechele-to-Duvernay connection became a common theme.

— Kyle Porter ran the ball a bit better than he had been lately. From watching him these past few weeks, it looks like he’ll have a chance to turn into a more productive and reliable running back as the game continues to slow down for him more at this level.

— Jeffrey McCulloch was one of the freshmen on defense who had his name called multiple times Saturday evening. He should develop into a fun player to watch during his time at Texas and absolutely should see the field more moving forward if he continues to play like he did this past Saturday. In fact, head coach Charlie Strong said as much on Monday.

— Erick Fowler got in on a tackle for a loss. It would only make sense for him to also see more snaps moving forward given Texas decided to get him on the field this late into the season.

— With Jordan Elliott going down with an injury that looks to have him sidelined for the remainder of the season, or at the very least extended time, it remains to be seen whether or not Texas will turn to another freshman lineman to fill his void. In all likelihood, Gerald Wilbon and D’Andre Christmas will see more playing time.

— Starting center Zach Shackelford also went down with an injury that looks like will cost him at least a few games, if not longer.

Freshmen still on track to redshirt (12)

  • WR Davion Curtis
  • WR Reggie Hemphill-Mapps
  • TE Peyton Aucoin
  • OL Tope Imade
  • OL J.P. Uriquidez
  • OL Patrick Hudson
  • DL Marcel Southall
  • DL Chris Daniels
  • DE Andrew Fitzgerald
  • LB Demarco Boyd
  • DB Chris Brown
  • DB Eric Cuffee

As always, we look forward to seeing you back here next week.