Heading into the rivalry game with the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, the Texas Longhorns have a new captain, as head coach Tom Herman named senior wide receiver Devin Duvernay to that role, the school revealed on Wednesday.
“The reason for this meeting — I’ve done this once before in my time as a head coach — and just the overall leadership and production on and off the field, so I would like to introduce to you your newest captain, Devin Duvernay,” Herman said.
After cheers from his teammates that lasted for about 20 seconds on the video, Duvernay addressed the team.
“Appreciate y’all,” he said. “I mean, I do everything for y’all. All the wins, every single game, I’m going to go out and give everything for all y’all. Practice, games, on the field or off the field, it’s all for y’all. Appreciate y’all, appreciate Coach Herman. Hook ‘em.”
Duvernay earned the honor with a breakout senior season. The Sachse product currently leads the nation with an average of nine catches per game with 45 receptions for 463 yards and four touchdowns. Those 45 catches are the most for a Longhorns wide receiver through five games since Jordan Shipley had 47 catches to open the 2009 season. In each game, he’s recorded at least six catches.
On third downs, Duvernay has been particularly effective — junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger has targeted him 18 times, with Duvernay hauling in 16 of those passes and converting 13 into first downs.
Against West Virginia last weekend, Duvernay also had a 13-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Not only was it the first rushing touchdown of his career, it was the longest run of his career.
Duvernay is now the sixth captain for the Horns this season, joining Ehlinger, senior wide receiver Collin Johnson, senior center Zach Shackelford, senior defensive end Malcolm Roach, and senior safety Brandon Jones.