Texas Football: Longhorns All-Decade Team

Doak Walker Award winner D'Onta Foreman one of Texas' best from the last 10 years.

The Texas Longhorns just completed a decade to forget.

 

UT failed to win a Big 12 conference title in the 2010s. In fact, the Horns didn't even qualify for a bowl game in three seasons.

 

Needless to say, personal honors were few and far between for the Longhorns from 2010 to 2019. That doesn't mean the decade lacked for standout seasons and individual performances.

 

Here's an attempt at an all-decade team for the boys from Austin.

 

QB: Sam Ehlinger (2017-present)

RB: D'Onta Foreman (2014-16)

RB: Malcolm Brown (2011-14)

AP: Lil'Jordan Humphrey (2016-18)

WR: Mike Davis (2010-13)

WR: Devin Duvernay (2016-19)

WR: Collin Johnson (2016-19)

TE: Andrew Beck (2014-18)

C: Zach Shackelford (2016-19)

OL: Connor Williams (2015-17)

OL: Kent Perkins (2013-16)

OL: Trey Hopkins (2010-13)

OL: Samuel Cosmi (2017-19)

 

DL: Jackson Jeffcoat (2010-13)

DL: Malcom Brown (2012-14)

DL: Alex Okafor (2009-12)

DL: Poona Ford (2014-17

LB: Malik Jefferson (2015-17)

LB: Emmanuel Acho (2008-11)

LB: Steve Edmond (2011-14)

DB: DeShon Elliott (2015-17)

DB: Quandre Diggs (2011-14)

DB: Brandon Jones (2016-19)

DB: Kenny Vaccaro (2009-12)

 

K: Justin Tucker (2008-11)

P: Michael Dickson (2015-17)

RS: Fozzy Whittaker (2008-11)

 

Easiest Choice: Punter

Perhaps this is a sign of the times at Texas. To be fair, though, Michael Dickson might have been the best punter in college football in the last decade. The Australian declared early for the NFL draft after his junior season in 2017, finishing as UT's all-time leader in punting average.

 

Deepest Position: Special Teams

Dickson's punting exploits were the stuff of legend. The Longhorns also benefited from the services of one of the best kickers in NFL history in Justin Tucker, while current kicker Cameron Dicker gives UT a near-automatic option once he's in range.

 

Between Fozzy Whittaker and D.J. Monroe, Texas also had two of the most dangerous kick returners in the country in the earlier half of the decade.

 

Weakest Position: Offensive Line

The Longhorns' inability to put quality offensive linemen on the field symbolizes the program's struggles throughout the decade. In 2018, Connor Williams finally broke a drought in which no UT blocker had heard his name called during the NFL draft in 10 years. The situation looked a little brighter as the decade drew to a close, as Zach Shackelford and Samuel Cosmi both found themselves on all-conference teams following the 2019 season.

 

Key Stat: 55.5%

Texas finished the decade with an underwhelming record of 71-57, which works out to an overall win percentage of 55.5 percent. Until the Longhorns get back to fielding squads full of studs who make it tough to construct an all-decade team, the wins will continue to elude them.

 

— Written by Allen Kenney, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Kenney is founder and editor of BlatantHomerism.com and host of the Blatant Homerism Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @BlatantHomerism.

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