The Texas Longhorns could have their leading returning wide receiver available for the season opener against North Texas on Saturday, as senior Jaxon Shipley has been listed as day-to-day by head coach Charlie Strong.
The Texas head man shared the information during the first Big 12 coaches teleconference on Monday morning and said that Shipley is "getting better and better" as the season rapidly approaches and the team starts game-week preparations for the Mean Green.
Strong made it sound like Shipley will be a game time decision when he said that they'll evaluate him when Saturday comes around.
A hamstring injury suffered early in fall camp has kept Shipley from practicing, leaving the Horns dangerously thin at wide receiver following the dismissals of junior Kendall Sanders and redshirt freshman Montrel Meander prior to fall camp. Both have been charged with sexual assault related to an on-campus incident back in June.
As a senior who was able to go through spring practice with the new coaching staff, Shipley shouldn't be too far behind with the reps that he's missed, but it may take some time once the season starts for him to find a groove with junior quarterback David Ash, who missed the end of spring practice and much of the summer after suffering a foot fracture.
As a result, junior wide receiver Marcus Johnson may have to step up into the role of No. 1 receiver if Shipley misses the opener or is less
Johnson had 22 catches for 350 yards and two touchdowns last season, while Shipley led the team in catches with 56 receptions for 589 yards and one touchdown.