Twelve Impact Offensive Players To Watch In The Big 12: Texas Receiver Jaxon Shipley

Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

2013 could be the year that Jaxon Shipley steps out of his big brother's shadow.

The Texas Longhorns are getting a variety of mixed reviews this preseason. Some of the national pundits have them sitting atop the Big Twelve but the media that actually covers the conference has them ranked fourth in the league going into the season. Like most of the Big Twelve in 2013, we won't know for sure what we're getting from the Longhorns until they hit the field.

Speculation is that Texas will have one of the top offenses in the conference and for that to become a reality they will need Jaxon Shipley to have a very good season. Shipley was second on the team, in 2012, in receiving yards (737) and touchdowns (6). His 12.5 yards per reception average isn't anything to take lightly either. He won't be the first option for quarterback David Ash but that could make him potentially even more dangerous for Big Twelve defenses due to the fact that he'll most likely be coming from the inside, or in motion, where his speed could be a mismatch for a linebacker or he could get lost by a safety.

On his own, Shipley has been a solid receiver for Texas over the last two seasons where he's racked up over 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns. However, being the younger brother of former Longhorn standout Jordan Shipley has put expectations on him that he's yet to be able to meet. With the experience and maturity of being a junior, and being a part of one of the most experienced offenses in the Big Twelve, the 2013 season could be the year in which he exceeds those expectations.

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