College football in the state of Texas made major strides in 2018, and it’s time to honor the elite.
Texas played in a major bowl game for the first time since the 2009 season, and Texas A&M won nine games for the first time since Johnny Manziel. Baylor and TCU both won bowl games and North Texas won nine games in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1970s.
The offenses in the state particularly stood apart. At least seven wide receivers in the state deserve mention. Several young quarterbacks took major steps forward; picking just one was difficult.
Texas, Texas Tech and Texas A&M each slotted three players onto the list. TCU and North Texas each added a pair of players. Texas State rounds out the list with one honorees. Eight of the 14 honorees were mentioned on the midseason team, but six pushed their way into the conversation.
Without further ado, here is our All-Texas College Offensive Team. We will release the defensive team tomorrow.
All-Texas College Team: Offense
QB: Mason Fine, North Texas
It didn’t end quite how he wanted, but Fine was the best quarterback in the state in 2018. The junior finished 200 yards shy of 4,000 for a second straight season, and added 27 touchdowns to five interceptions. He posted five 300-yard games and led the Mean Green to their first back-to-back nine-win seasons since the 1970s.
RB: Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M
Williams ran for a mile this season – literally. The true junior compiled 1,760 yards to finish off a dominant career and finish No. 3 on the all-time Texas A&M rushing leader list. Williams is deservedly headed to the 2019 NFL Draft, where he should be a high draft pick.
RB: DeAndre Torrey, North Texas
It wasn’t a consistent season for Torrey, but his final four regular season games were dominant. The sophomore rushed for at least 130 yards and a score in each of the four games. The highlight was a program-record 92-yard touchdown to cap off a 184-yard day against FAU.
WR: Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas
Offensive coordinator Tim Beck finally targeted Humphrey in 2018, and the results are obvious. Humphrey became the first 1,000-yard receiver at Texas since 2014, but numbers don’t tell the whole story. Humphrey consistently made big plays after the catch to help Texas’ offense move.
WR: Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech
Despite missing a bowl game, Wesley finished No. 3 nationally in receiving yards despite entering the year with just 10 catches to his name. He found his stride when T.J. Vasher was sidelined and posted four 100-yard games in his last six performances.
WR: Jalen Reagor, TCU
It’s hard to contextualize just how good Reagor was in 2018. Even though he caught passes from three inconsistent starting quarterbacks, Reagor cleared the 1,000-yard mark. He also scored nine of TCU’s 15 touchdowns in the final seven games of the year, along with two-touchdown games against Baylor and Oklahoma State to will the Horned Frogs to a bowl game.
TE: Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
It’s clear why Texas A&M fans have been clamoring to use the tight end more. If there are hidden players like Sternberger on the roster, the Aggies have been missing out. Sternberger was the top pass-catching tight end in the sport and led Texas A&M in receiving yards.
OL: Lucas Niang, TCU
Niang was a bright spot on an inconsistent TCU offense. He’s establishing himself as one of the better offensive linemen in the conference.
OL: Zack Shackelford, Texas
Shackelford ranks as one of the most improved linemen in the state. His upgrades were key to the Longhorns’ renewed offensive prowess.
OL: Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
The leader of Texas A&M’s offensive line helped keep the unit together while facing aggressive defensive fronts from Alabama, Clemson and LSU.
OL: Jack Anderson, Texas Tech
Anderson remains one of Kliff Kingsbury’s best players at Texas Tech, and helped clear the way for multiple quarterbacks to have productive games.
OL: Calvin Anderson, Texas
Anderson lived up to the hype after transferring from Rice. He helped shore up a leaky Texas offensive line, and arguably his best performance came in the Sugar Bowl.
UTL: Keenan Brown, Texas State
Sternberger is the best pass-catching tight end in the country, but Brown might be the most complete player. He graded out among the best blockers at his position and added 652 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns. Brown was so dominant as a tight end that Everett Withers lined him up everywhere on the field – including the Wildcat.
K: Clayton Hatfield, Texas Tech
Hatfield finished No. 6 nationally with an 89.5 percent field goal percentage, and made every one of his extra points. It was a welcome change after the kicking inconsistency at Tech a season ago.