Texas Football: The Top 10 Wide Receivers in Longhorns History
Today's installment of the Texas Top 10 covers the 10 best wide receivers in the history of Texas football.
Some of the names will be familiar to even the casual Texas fan, while others will certainly be a surprise.
Each of these 10 made their own unique marks on the history of the Longhorns program, whether as a deep threat, a possession receiver who always made the big catch or by just scoring touchdowns.
Check out the 10 best wideouts to step foot in Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium!
10. Eric Metcalf (1985-1988)
Seattle, Washington-native Eric Metcalf was one of the most versatile offensive players in the history of Texas Longhorns football.
Seventh on the all-time career receptions list at Texas with 125, Metcalf was also one of the top kick and punt returners in the program's history.
Metcalf's versatility allowed him to have a successful NFL career, playing for six different teams over a 13-year NFL career, making it to the Pro Bowl as a kick returner on three separate occasions.
9. Johnny "Lam" Jones (1976-1979)
A world-class sprinter who won a gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics as part of the United States 4x100-relay team, Johnny "Lam" Jones is known as one of the fastest wide receivers in the history of Texas football.
Jones' speed was legendary, as he was known to blow by opposing defenders with ease; however, his hands were not his strong suit and ultimately prevented him from a successful career in pro football, even though he lasted a total of five seasons with the NFL's New York Jets.
8. B.J. Johnson (2000-2003)
One-third of the most-hyped recruiting trio in Texas history, which included Sloan Thomas and another of our top 10 receivers, B.J. Johnson made a lasting impression during his time on the Forty Acres.
Major Applewhite's favorite target was a part of the top 10 in several receiving categories including:
- No. 6 in career receptions with 152.
- No. 5 in career receiving yardage with 2,389.
- No. 5 in career touchdown catches with 16.
Johnson spent a short amount of time in the NFL with the Denver Broncos before retiring from football after the 2005-2006 season.
7. Kwame Cavil (1997-1999)
Kwame Cavil's time at the University of Texas was short but extremely productive. During only two seasons with the Longhorns, he emerged as one of the program's top 10 receivers in several statistical categories.
Some of Cavil's top 10 statistical finishes include:
- No. 2 in single-season receptions with 100 catches in 1999.
- No. 2 in single-season receiving yards with 1,188 yards in 1999.
- No. 5 in career receptions with 174 catches.
- No. 6 in career-receiving yardage with 2,279 yards.
One can only imagine what Kwame Cavil could have done with a full four years at Texas.
Kwame's professional football career was largely spent in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he was a CFL All-Star in 2004.
6. Limas Sweed (2004-2007)
Known more for his dropped passes with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, Limas Sweed is one of the most productive and decorated receivers in the history of Texas Longhorns football.
Sweed's combination of size, athleticism and strength made him unstoppable during his time at Texas.
Let's take a quick look at his top 10 statistical finishes:
- Second all-time in single-season touchdown receptions with 12 in 2006.
- Third all-time in career touchdown receptions with 20.
- Seventh in career receiving yardage with 1,915 yards.
- Eighth in career receptions with 124.
If Sweed's hands ever catch up to his great physical gifts, he could be just as important for the Steelers as he was for Texas during his time on campus.
Either way, Limas Sweed is one of the top receivers in Texas history.
5. Wane McGarity (1995-1998)
San Antonio, Texas-native Wane McGarity is No. 5 on the list of Texas' all-time best wide receivers.
As the best Texas receiver of the 1990s, McGarity has a foothold in the Texas football record books.
He finished in the top 10 in the following receiving categories:
- No. 6 in single-season receiving yards with 1,087 yards in 1998.
- No. 7 all-time in single-season touchdown receptions with nine in 1998.
- No. 9 in career receiving yards with 1,687.
- No. 9 in career touchdown receptions with 14.
- No. 10 in single-season receptions with 58 catches in 1998.
As you can see, Wane McGarity's 1998 season was one of the best individual performances in the offensive history of Texas football.
McGarity played for the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints in the NFL, moving on to the Canadian Football League from 2001-2005, playing for both the Calgary Stampede and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
4. Mike Adams (1992-1996)
Along with Wane McGarity, Mike Adams was one of the best wide receivers of the 1990s for the Texas Longhorns.
A three-time all-Southwest Conference first-team wide receiver, Mike Adams was the most dominant receiver in the history of Texas football prior to the 2000s.
Adams is still a part of several wide-receiving records at Texas, including:
- No. 3 in all-time career receiving yardage with 3,032 yards.
- No. 4 all-time in career receptions with 177.
- No. 5 in career touchdown receptions with 16.
- No. 9 in single-season receiving yardage with 942 yards receiving in 1996.
- Also No. 10 in single-season receiving yardage with 908 yards receiving in 1993.
Mike Adams' football career effectively ended with his departure from Austin, playing only one game with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1997.
3. Quan Cosby (2005-2008)
A double threat as both a wide receiver and kick returner, Mart, Texas-native Quan Cosby is one of the most-decorated offensive players in Texas Longhorns history.
He has a strong presence in the Texas record books as a top 10 receiver in several categories, including:
- No. 3 all-time in career receptions with 212.
- No. 3 in single-season receptions with 92 in 2008.
- No. 3 all-time in single-season yardage with 1,123 yards in 2008.
- No. 4 in career receiving yardage with 2,598 yards.
- No. 4 all-time in career receiving touchdowns with 19.
- No. 5 in single-season touchdown receptions with 10 in 2008.
Cosby's electrifying touchdown catches and kick returns earned him many fans during his time in Austin.
In spite of being undersized by traditional standards for receivers, Quan Cosby's work ethic and love for the game have helped him to become an emerging star for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.
Regardless of how his NFL career turns out, Cosby will always be mentioned among the best receivers of all-time for the Texas Longhorns.
1a. Jordan Shipley (2006-2009)
Jordan Shipley is No.1a to our No.1 all-time receiver in Texas Longhorns history.
When you think of the best players in the history of the Texas program, Jordan Shipley's name is sure to be mentioned.
What is even more impressive about him is the fact that his career was largely injury-prone, and he truly only played two seasons at full strength. Had he been healthy throughout his career, many of the records which our No. 1 owns would have instead been his.
If Jordan Shipley can apply his excellent route-running, size, strength and work ethic to the NFL game, he will have a very productive professional career.
Shipley is already on his way and he will never be forgotten for what he did for the Texas program.
1. Roy Williams (2000-2003)
Roy Williams needs no introduction to Texas fans.
Regardless of what he has done in the NFL, there is little doubt that he is the best wide receiver in the history of Texas football.
Holding more records than any other Texas offensive player, Williams was one of the most dominant college football players of the early 2000s.
Odessa Roy is the best of the best for Texas wideouts and he will not be dethroned any time soon.
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