The Top Ten Overall Players in UT football history, as voted on by Inside Texas subscribers:
1. Vince Young
2. Earl Campbell
3. Tommy Nobis
4. Ricky Williams
5. Bobby Layne
6. Jerry Gray
7. James Street
8. Jerry Sisemore
9. Kenneth Sims
10. Derrick Johnson
The voting for the top spot was very close, but in the end the votes were tabulated and Inside Texas subscribers have spoken: Vince Young is the greatest player in the history of Texas football.
Young’s performance at the University of Texas was so transcendent that not only does he top the list of players in the history of Texas football, but he’s in the argument with Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, Herschel Walker and others for the greatest ever in sport of college football. Young was 30-2 as a starter for Texas and is the only player in NCAA history to throw for 3,000 and rush for 1,000 in a season. He ranks fifth in Texas history in both passing, with 6,040 yards, and rushing, with 3,127 yards and scored 81 touchdowns. Leading the Longhorns to comeback win after comeback win, Young’s greatest game was his last at Texas, the 2006 Rose Bowl. Totaling 467 yards and three touchdowns, Young led Texas to a 41-38 come-from-behind victory in the most dramatic of fashions, scoring with an eight-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-5 with 19 seconds left in the game. Young’s heroics gave Longhorn fans their first National Championship in 35 years.
Very close behind Young in the voting is Earl Campbell. Winner of the 1977 Heisman Trophy, the Tyler Rose ran for 4,443 hard yards and 41 touchdowns. Powerful and graceful, tough and lean, he was the greatest running back ever to wear the Burnt Orange. After his career, Campbell was inducted into both the College Football and NFL Halls of Fame.
At No. 3 on the list is Tommy Nobis. Considered the greatest linebacker to ever play for Texas, Nobis was also a dominant offensive guard. The two-time All-American won both the Outland Trophy and Maxwell Award, averaging nearly 20 tackles per game.
Fourth is Ricky Williams, one of the most prolific players ever to play the sport. Williams’ 6,279 yards and 72 touchdowns broke the NCAA’s All-Time Rushing Yardage, Touchdown and Scoring records. The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner holds or shares 20 NCAA records.
Next there’s Bobby Layne. One of the best quarterbacks in Texas history, Layne did it all, running, passing and even kicking field goals for the Longhorns. He led Texas to one of the biggest wins in school history, 1948 Sugar Bowl victory over No. 6 Alabama.
No. 6 is Jerry Gray, the best defensive back in Texas football history. The two-time consensus All-American had 297 tackles and 16 INTs at UT.
Up next is James Street. Street was 20-0 as the starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns. He had many other impressive statistics and accomplishments at Texas, but no stat of his is more remembered than 20-0.
No. 8 is the top offensive lineman in Texas football history, Jerry Sisemore. The two-time consensus All-American was a massive offensive tackle who towered over the other players in his era.
No. 9 is dominating defensive tackle Kenneth Sims. Sims was the first Longhorn ever to win the Lombardi award and had 131 tackles as a DT in his final year at Texas.
Finally there’s Derrick Johnson. 458 tackles, school record 65 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 10 INTs, NCAA single-season record 9 forced fumbles, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Butkus Award and a two-time All-American.
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Some other notable Longhorns receiving votes: Scott Appleton, Chris Gilbert, Roy Williams, Michael Huff, Steve McMichael, Steve Worster, James Saxton, Bud McFadin, Tony Brackens, Dan Neil, Eric Metcalf, Leonard Davis, Bill Bradley, Hub Bechtol, Lam Jones, Cedric Benson…and one kicker receiving two 10th place votes: Russell Erxleben.
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