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Shane Buechele, Collin Johnson, and Malcolm Roach highlight this week’s Texas True Freshmen Report

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The ‘Horns continue to feed Collin Johnson, he continues to eat.

West Virginia v Texas Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images

(This piece bas been updated as of Monday 11/14/16 - 4:45 PM)

Since I put this piece together Sunday evening, it looks like more Longhorns were added to the participation report for the game against West Virginia.

Four more freshmen have since been added to the original report (Fowler, Okafor, Wilbon, Humphrey). Those additions are now reflected below.

For the second straight week in a row, the same 13 freshmen got on the field and participated in the game one way or another on offense, defense, and special teams.

Freshmen who played against West Virginia (13)

  • QB Shane Buechele — 31/48 (64.6%), 318 yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT, 1 rush TD
  • RB Kyle Porter — 2 car, 7 yds, 3.5 YPC
  • WR Collin Johnson — 7 rec, 68 yds, 1 TD
  • WR Devin Duvernay — 3 rec, 29 YDS
  • C Zach Shackelford — starting center
  • Fox Malcolm Roach — 7 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack
  • LB Jeffrey McCulloch — 2 tackles
  • DL D’Andre Christmas — no stats
  • DB Brandon Jones — 1 tackle
  • Erick Fowler - no stats (likely a special teams contributor for the most part in this game)
  • Lil’Jordan Humphrey - no stats (likely special teams)
  • Denzel Okafor - reserve offensive lineman
  • Gerald Wilbon - no stats/reserve defensive lineman

Freshmen who’ve played up to this point (16)

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

  • QB Shane Buechele — 203/326 (62.27%, +.4% increase since the previous game), 2575 yards, 20 TD, 7 INT (plus 2 rushing TD), 144.57 RTG — 36th nationally (-7 spots from previous week), 5th in B12
  • RB Kyle Porter — 41 car, 193 yds, 4.7 YPC, 2 rec, 10 yds
  • WR Collin Johnson — 24 rec, 264 yds, 3 TD
  • WR Devin Duvernay — 16 rec, 329 yds, 3 TD, 12 KR, 257 yds
  • WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey — 2 rec, 15 yds, 1 punt return, 0 yds
  • C Zach Shackelford — starting center
  • OL Jean Delance — reserve offensive lineman
  • OL Denzel Okafor — reserve offensive lineman
  • DE Malcolm Roach — 28 TT, 6 TFL, 3 sacks
  • DT D’Andre Christmas — 3 TT, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 fumble rec
  • DT Gerald Wilbon — 1 TT
  • DL Jordan Elliott — 6 TT, 1.5 TFL (currently injured)
  • LB Jeffery McCulloch — 19 TT, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 fumble rec
  • S Brandon Jones — 15 TT, 2 blocked punts (got a piece of another), 1 safety, 2 PR for 33 yards, 2 KR for 44 total yards
  • DB Donovan Duvernay — no stats recorded
  • DE/OLB Erick Fowler — 1 TT, 1 TFL

— For the first time in his young career as a Longhorns quarterback, Shane Buechele eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark Saturday against the Mountaineers.

He also attempted the most passes of any game in throwing 48, which was eight more than his second-highest mark of 40 passes attempted that occurred the previous week against Texas Tech.

— Collin Johnson, who was in the starting lineup Saturday, continues to make his presence felt on the outside at a more consistent rate.

After catching a total of 13 passes through the first eight games of the season, Johnson has now caught a total of 11 in the last two contests. Even if Texas continues to shuffle the starters, I expect Johnson to continue to get his share of targets. There’s no reason he shouldn’t.

— Though he caught three passes Saturday, Devin Duvernay only got 25 yards out of the receptions.

After rattling off three games in a row with at least 80 yards and a touchdown in October, things have been relatively quiet for Duvernay on the outside at receiver. I’d still like to see him get 4-5 touches a game, including a jet sweep. His speed needs to be utilized more.

— Malcolm Roach wasn’t only just the best freshman defender against West Virginia, he was one of the better defenders overall.

His seven tackles and three tackles for loss were both season highsfor the Louisiana product. He also recorded his first sack since notching one a piece against UTEP and Cal back in September.

— After getting in on the action against Texas Tech, Erick Fowler apparently did not get onto the field against West Virginia.

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

A road game against Kansas, which is winless in the Big 12, could provide opportunity for the freshmen to get in on more action next week if Texas can get out to an early lead.

As usual, thanks for stopping by and we’ll check back here next week.