The most important position battle at Texas this spring is painfully obvious. We'll hit on that quarterback problem plenty this spring and summer. So, instead, let's consider another question mark for the Longhorns entering 2016. Who exactly is going to catch all the passes? Let's take a closer look at the Texas wide receiver competition:
Spring contenders: Sophomore John Burt, junior Armanti Foreman, junior Lorenzo Joe, sophomore DeAndre McNeal, junior Dorian Leonard, senior Jacorey Warrick, sophomore Ryan Newsome, freshman Collin Johnson, junior Jake Oliver, senior Ty Templin.
The skinny: New offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert comes from a Tulsa offense that threw the ball 492 times last season. Texas attempted only 252 passes last year, the fewest by any Big 12 offense in more than a decade. Only seven Texas wideouts actually recorded catches last season, and two of them graduated. So change is coming for this group.
Burt is the best of the bunch, there's not much question about that. He caught 28 passes for 457 yards and two scores as a true freshman and proved he can beat defenses over the top. He's only going to get sharper and stronger this fall. The rest of the receivers currently on campus are a bit harder to predict.
Johnson shined in his first week of spring practice. The true freshman passes the eye test at 6-foot-6 and 212 pounds and instantly established himself as a playmaker. Despite being an ESPN 300 recruit, he flew under the radar a bit nationally after playing in a run-heavy offense and missing his senior season with an injury. But he looks like a freak who'll help this offense right away.
We'll see if Foreman can raise his game as a junior. He's got impressive speed and can play any wideout spot, but he hasn't been consistent so far. Newsome should do some damage in the slot this year, as could Warrick and the incoming freshman Curtis. The X factors for this group might be McNeal and Humphrey, two big athletes who can line up at a number of spots.
New receivers coach Charlie Williams is veteran from the NFL who's going to give all these wideouts a clean slate and a chance to impress. The new scheme ought to mean more opportunities than ever to make plays in space. So who's going to step up and become the go-to guys?
Prediction: The Longhorns are still going to be a run-first offense -- when you have backs like D'Onta Foreman and Chris Warren, you better be -- but their receiving numbers should be much-improved in 2016. If Burt and Johnson can play up to the hype and thrive as the outside receivers, this group will be good. Foreman vows he's going to have a big year and will break a few long scores this fall. Newsome and McNeil will see nice upticks in their usage, and a surprise standout -- maybe Leonard or Curtis -- will emerge over the course of the season.