#14 Curry Sexton
Position: Wide Receiver
Previous College: None
Status: On Scholarship
Curry Sexton (b. Aug. 16, 1991) grayshirted during the 2010 season, but as I correctly predicted last summer, he did not redshirt in 2011. Instead, he came to serve as Tramaine Thompson's primary backup in the slot position.
I knew Sexton would be special after the display he put on in the 2011 spring game, hauling in six catches for 72 yards.
He topped that in the 2012 exhibition, catching eight passes for a game-high 153 yards and two touchdowns.
Tyler Lockett got all the press last year, but he wasn't the only true freshman to burn his redshirt and contribute immediately. It just took Sexton a little longer to make a big impact on the field. All he needed was a chance.
That chance came with Lockett's lacerated kindey and prematurely ended season in the Oklahoma State game.
We needed a playmaker to step up and replace him, and Sexton delivered immediately. His breakout game came against Texas A&M with two catches for 33 yards. Both of them were absolutely critical third-down conversions.
What was most impressive about Sexton's performances was how natural he looked running routes, considering he didn't really play the position in high school.
Most of his time was spent at quarterback and free safety.
He proved to be especially dangerous from the slot position in short crossing routes. Although he certainly could have used a redshirt year to add a little weight to his frame, he had the speed and the skills to play immediately.
Sexton is the latest example that Bill Snyder is averse to forgoing redshirts for grayshirt players who can help the team immediately. Others include Travis Tannahill, Braden Wilson and Ty Zimmerman.
Sexton also earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors.