Monroe Named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Oct. 1, 2012
DALLAS -- Texas Longhorns senior running back D.J. Monroe has been selected as the Big 12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Monroe racked up 144 all-purpose yards on just five attempts in the Longhorns 41-36 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday.
With the score tied at 14-all late in the first quarter, Monroe fielded a kickoff in the end zone, broke two tackles, and sprinted down the sidelines for a 100-yard touchdown. It was just the fourth 100-yard kickoff return in school history and Monroe's third giving him the UT record.
Monroe and Foswhitt "Fozzy" Whittaker, who also returned a 100-yard kickoff for a touchdown against Oklahoma State last season, were the only Longhorns with two in their career.
Helping Texas to a 4-0 start this season, Monroe has rushed for 80 yards and is averaging7.3 yards per carry, with three touchdowns. He ranks third on the team in scoring with 24 points, and has scored a touchdown in each game this season.
Monroe is third on the Texas career list with 49 kickoff returns and third with 1,290 career kickoff return yards. His career average of 26.3 yards per return also ranks third on the career list.
He scored on his first-ever collegiate play with an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the University of Lousiana-Monroe on Sept. 5, 2009. Monroe also ranks tied for second on the FBS active career kickoff return for a touchdown list, and need one more to move up to the No. 1 spot.