Week One Longhorns Players of the Week
YOUNG TABBED BIG 12 AND UT FRANK DENIUS SPECIAL TEAM PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Selvin Young earned the Big 12 Conference and UT's Frank Denius Special Teams Player of the Week awards after becoming the first player in UT history to return a kickoff and a punt for a TD in the same game as the Longhorns won their season opener over New Mexico State (66-7). Not only did it mark the first time a UT player had returned a kickoff and punt for a TD in the same game, but was the first time a Longhorn had accomplished that in a single-season and just the second time a player had pulled off the double in school history. Raymond Clayborn accomplished it in returning two punts and a kickoff for a score from 1974-76. As a matter of fact, he and Young are now tied for the UT career record for kick returns for TDs at three, each having two career punt return TDs and a kickoff return for a score. Young gave Texas its first points of the 2003 season when he received an Aggies kickoff on the 3-yard line and proceeded up the west sideline for a 97-yard score. The kickoff return for Young was the first by at UT player since Victor Ike in the 2000 Holiday Bowl and is the second longest in school history, trailing only Johnny "Lam" Jones, who had a 100-yard return versus SMU in 1978. It also was the first kickoff return for the Horns during the regular season and at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium since Jones' record return 26 years ago. A native of Houston, Young closed out UT's scoring when he returned an Aggie punt 39 yards for a TD to expand Texas' lead to 66-7 late in the fourth quarter. It was Young's second career punt return for a score, tying the UT career record in that category. Both awards are the second of Young's career as he shared Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week and claimed the UT's Frank Denius Special Teams Player of the Week honors last season after he set a UT-freshman record against Tulane when he returned a punt for 71 yards.
WILLIAMS EARNS UT'S Darrell K Royal OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD: Senior WR Roy Williams, a Biletnikoff and Heisman Trophy candidate, was named UT's Darrell K Royal Offensive Player of the Week after reeling in four catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Texas' 66-7 season opening victory over New Mexico State. Williams hauled in TD receptions of 15 and 53 yards from junior QB Chance Mock as he established school records for consecutive games with a receiving touchdown and games with over 100 yards receiving at six. He also caught a pass in his 35th straight game, extending his UT record and remaining tied for the longest active streak in the nation. A native of Odessa, Texas, Williams also moved into sole possession of second place on the UT career receiving charts with 175 catches, just two behind Mike Adams (1992-96) who sits atop the list with 177. He upped his career receiving yardage total to 2,891, 141 yards behind Adams' school mark of 3,032. Williams extended his UT career marks for TD catches to 29 and 100-yard receiving games to 13.
JOHNSON, THORNTON SHARE MIKE CAMPBELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR: Junior LB Derrick Johnson and senior DE Kalen Thornton were named UT's Mike Campbell "Across the Bow" Defensive Players of the Week following the Longhorns 66-7 season-opening victory over New Mexico State. The Longhorns held the Aggies to just 225 yards on 70 plays (3.2 ypp) and forced five turnovers (three interceptions/two fumbles) in the game. Johnson, a preseason Playboy All-American, registered 11 tackles, including six solo tackles and one sack, as well as recording his first career interception return for a touchdown. Johnson's 47-yard interception return late in the second quarter was the fifth of his career (T-No. 3 on the UT all-time interceptions by a LB list) as he helped Texas open its lead to 21-7. Thornton, projected as a first-team All-Big 12 performer at DE by The Sporting News and a Ted Hendricks Award (nation's to defensive end) candidate, collected seven tackles (six solo), including three tackles for loss, as well as one sack to go along with two QB pressures.