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October 4, 2022
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Junior wide receiver Xavier Worthy declares for 2024 NFL Draft

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Lorianne Willett
Wide receiver Xavier Worthy celebrates a first down during the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2024. Worthy recently declared for the NFL draft after three seasons with the Longhorns.

Junior wide receiver Xavier Worthy announced his declaration for the NFL Draft on Tuesday evening and will forego his remaining eligibility. Worthy will leave Texas behind with an impressive resume, accumulating nearly 3,000 receiving yards and 26 receiving touchdowns, the third most in program history. 

The four-star recruit from California has played and started in 25 games throughout his career as a Longhorn. Worthy had his best statistical season in 2023, catching 75 passes for 1,014 yards and five touchdowns. He also made the preseason watchlist for six different college football honors and was a unanimous Preseason All-Big 12 selection.    

Worthy is currently projected to rank among the best in his class, being put at No. 40 overall and No. 8 in wide receivers by CBS Sports due to his precision and speed demonstrated on the field. 


Being with Texas for three years, Worthy became a key element for the offense and grew into his role as quarterback Quinn Ewers’ right-hand target. In a heartfelt video posted to his Instagram and X accounts, Worthy showed fans that he was grateful for his opportunity to play football while having his teammates as a second family.

“My time here at the University of Texas has been filled with highs, lows, lessons, and blessings. All of them a part of my journey and who I am today,” Worthy said in his post. “To play the sport I love at this level with some of the most talented guys in the game is a blessing I don’t take for granted, and I will continue to be thankful for.”                

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Emma Hutchinson, Senior Sports Reporter
Emma is a journalism sophomore from Prosper, Texas and is probably watching Dallas Mavericks highlights as you read this. She currently works on the women’s basketball beat as a senior reporter, but has previously reported on men’s swim and dive and softball. In addition to watching the Mavericks, she enjoys spending her free time with the people she loves most, usually by grabbing some coffee or boba with them.
Lorianne Willett, Photo Editor
Lorianne is a Journalism and Global Sustainability junior from San Antonio, Texas. Currently, she is the Photo Editor. In her free time, she enjoys reading and playing tennis.