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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / College Football / Top 10 Texas Longhorns(Football) Players of All Time

Top 10 Texas Longhorns(Football) Players of All Time

The Top 10 Longhorns of All Time!
Publish Date: 07/15/2022
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis
Running back Earl Campbell of the University of Texas Longhorns. Campbell was the 1977 Heisman trophy winner and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991. (Photo by University of Texas/Getty Images)

10) Kenneth Simms

Simms developed into a monster in his time at Texas, and he went from being a Freshman who saw little playing time to 4 years later winning the Outland Trophy.

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9) Cedric Benson

Benson was the 2004 Doak Walker Award winner, consensus All-American (2004), No. 3 NCAA career touchdowns. He was a 4-year starter for the Longhorns and career the ball over 1,100 times in his career at Texas.

8) Chris Gilbert

Gilbert was the first player ever to have 3 consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons in a row. Gilbert also has the honor of being the only player in UT history to be chosen “Most Valuable” 3 straight years by his teammates. Gilbert was also a 1968 Heisman finalist and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

7) Colt McCoy

McCoy was a stud at Texas and has a trophy case to prove it, 2008 consensus All-American, 2008 Walter Camp Player of the Year, 2009 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, 2009 consensus All-American, 2009 Davey O’Brien Award winner, 2009 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, 2009 Manning Award winner, 2009 Maxwell Award winner, 2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year.

6) Derrick Johnson

Johnson won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player and the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker, which puts him comfortably on this list. Johnson also holds the school record for career tackles for loss with 65. He finished his career with 458 tackles (No. 3 in UT history).

5) Vince Young

2005 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, 2005 consensus All-American, 2005 Davey O’Brien Award winner, 2005 Manning Award winner, 2005 Maxwell Award winner, 2006 BCS National Championship Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player. Young was dominant while wearing burnt orange and while others may be more decorated in Texas, none were as electric as Young.

As a sophomore, he was even better; Young led the Longhorns to an 11-1 record and the school’s first-ever Rose Bowl appearance and win, for which he was named MVP of the game.

Then came his incredible 2005 season. Young became the first player in NCAA history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for another 1,000; he then took down the favored USC Trojans in one of the greatest college football games ever played.

 

4) Ricky Williams

The awards Williams won while a Longhorn is numerous 1998 Heisman Trophy winner, 1997 and 1998 Doak Walker Award winner, 1998 Maxwell Award winner, 1998 Walter Camp Player of the Year, 1998 Associated Press Player of the Year, 1997 and 1998 unanimous consensus All-American, 1997 and 1998 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

3) Bobby Layne

Layne is a Longhorn legend and his accomplishments while at Texas and after Texas are numerous 1944 All-Southwest Conference, 1945 All-Southwest Conference, 1946 All-Southwest Conference, 1947 All-Southwest Conference, 1947 consensus All-American, 1st round NFL Draft pick, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, College Football Hall of Fame inductee. Layne was named to four-straight All-Southwest Conference teams and his 28 career wins record ranks No. 3 in Texas football history.

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2) Tommy Nobis

Nobis was a two-time all-American at Linebacker and he also was an excellent guard.

Nobis emerged his sophomore year during a game against No. 1 Oklahoma as a sophomore, recording 18 tackles as the Longhorns won 28-7 to take over the No. 1 ranking in the country. The Longhorns would go on to win a National Championship and Nobis was the only sophomore starter on the team.

1) Earl Campbell

Earl Campbell is third on the all-time rushing yards list at Texas with 4,443 yards. His 1977 senior season was his best, rushing for 1,744 yards, which is the fifth-highest mark in school history. He also had 18 rushing touchdowns that season, which is the fifth-highest mark. In 1977 he led the Longhorns to the Cotton Bowl and a showdown for the National Championship, the Longhorns came up short but that 1977 season cemented the “Tyler Rose” in history. Campbell also won the 1977 Heisman Trophy award one of only two Texas players to ever win the award.

 

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