Austin, TX (November 7th, 2014)
By Dave Ackermann – Senior Writer (Feature photo courtesy 247Sports.com)
While everybody acknowledges that the Mountaineers have a dynamic duo at wide receivers in Kevin White and Mario Alford (Ranked 2nd in the nation as a receiving duo with 75 and 48 receptions), it might be less known that the Longhorns also have a dynamic duo in John Harris and Jaxon Shipley (ranked 7th in the nation as a receiving duo with 51 and 48 receptions). There are only 9 CFB teams in America that have dual receivers with 50 or more receptions each.
#9 WR John Harris (part 1 of the duo) (Action shot courtesy of 247Sports.com; roster photo by TexasSports.com)
Senior Wide Receiver John Harris is surging upward over the last 4 games; He has recorded 440 receiving yards to average 110 yards over those games. Harris has also been scoring for the Longhorns as he scored a touchdown in each of the first four games this season and has gone on to score a total of 6 touchdowns which has him tied for second on the team in scoring. Two of those 6 touchdowns came against Red River Rival the Oklahoma Sooners. Harris will definitely see his share of targets against the Mountaineer Defense tomorrow.
#8 WR Jaxon Shipley (part 2 of the duo) (Action shot courtesy of 247Sports.com; roster photo by TexasSports.com)
Senior Wide Receiver Jaxon Shipley ranks 4th all-time in receiving at Texas and has played in 45 games, started 33 of those games and gets his ranking from his 210 career receptions. Shipley had a career-tying and season high 9 receptions for 115 yards against the Sooners this season. Jaxon also returns punts and averages 10.0 yards per return this season. With 51 receptions and 500 yards receiving, Jaxon will also get his share of targets from QB Tyrone Swoopes.
So this receiving duo, combined with the rushing duo of senior RB Malcolm Brown and junior RB Jonathan Gray, sets up a very challenging situation for the Mountaineer Defense as they travel to Austin, TX and the unfriendly confines of Darrell K. Royal Stadium (100,119 capacity). Charlie Strong has offensive weapons and WVU (3-0 on the road this season in opposing team’s stadiums) must stop both the Longhorn ground and air attacks to win again on the road this season.