The 2019 regular college football season is done and only four Texas college teams have games left. That makes now the perfect time to honor the best of 2019.
Two teams stood above the rest of the state, and their players were honored accordingly. Baylor led the way with six honorees after an 11-win season. SMU wasn't close behind with five players. However, 10 of the 12 FBS teams overall were honored with at least one honoree on the All-Texas College team.
Some of our toughest cuts made sense – quarterback, for example. Others were more surprising. We could write a series on how good the punting in this state was in 2019. But ultimately, we selected just two percent of the more than 1,000 scholarship athletes in Texas FBS football.
Without further ado, here is the 2019 Dave Campbell's Texas All-Texas College Team.
All-Texas College Team: Offense
QB: Shane Buechele, SMU (Arlington Lamar)
Buechele changed everything about the SMU offense with his ability to stretch the field. The junior posted 3,626 yards and 33 touchdowns to establish himself as the best signal-caller in the state and lead the Mustangs to 10 wins.
RB: Xavier Jones, SMU (Spring)
Jones had a tremendous bounce-back season in 2019. He exploded for 1,249 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. Most impressive, he broke Eric Dickerson’s record with 21 single-season touchdowns – with a game remaining too.
RB: Sincere McCormick, UTSA (Converse Judson)
Not much went right for UTSA this year, but the Roadrunners have a bonafide stud in McCormick to build around. He posted 983 yards and eight touchdowns on 5.6 yards per carry and helped UTSA reach offensive respectability following a miserable 2018. McCormick was the best freshman in the state in 2019.
WR: James Proche, SMU (DeSoto)
Proche capped off a magnificent career with his best season as a senior, en route to earning an offensive player of the year nod from us.
WR: Devin Duvernay, Texas (Sachse)
Duvernay improved more than almost any other player this year in a slot role. He exploded for 103 receptions for 1,294 yards – both of which led the state – and eight touchdowns. Duvernay was the consistent piece on an otherwise inconsistent Longhorns offense.
WR: Denzel Mims, Baylor (Daingerfield)
Mims bounced back from a poor junior season to establish himself as a surefire NFL draft pick again. He caught 61 passes for 945 yards and 11 touchdowns. His impact at receiver was even greater than his numbers – every defense had to account for him.
TE: Kylen Granson, SMU (Westlake)
The redshirt junior completely changed the way SMU used its tight end. He caught 36 passes for 628 yards and nine touchdowns and established himself as easily the top pass-catching tight end in the state. 2020 could be even bigger.
OL: Travis Bruffy, Texas Tech (Fort Bend Ridge Point)
Bruffy wasn’t perfect, but he was the most consistent contributor on a solid Texas Tech offensive line that dealt with injuries.
OL: Samuel Cosmi, Texas (Humble Atascocita)
Cosmi generally held up his end of the bargain on the Texas offensive line and cleared the way for Sam Ehlinger to have a good season.
OL: Aaron Brewer, Texas State (Dallas Skyline)
Brewer was a mainstay at Texas State over the last few seasons and continued improving as a senior, even as the offense struggled.
OL: Sam Tecklenburg, Baylor (Plano)
Baylor shifted its offensive line quite a bit due to injuries, but Tecklenburg was the lone mainstay. He played both guard and center situationally and helped direct a Baylor offense that reached the Big 12 title game.
OL: Josh Jones, Houston (Richmond Bush)
Jones was one of the top offensive linemen in America per Pro Football Focus and helped keep Clayton Tune clean during a strong senior season.
UT: Marquez Stevenson, Houston
Stevenson was an elite performer both at receiver and returner for the Cougars this season. He led the way with 52 catches for 907 yards and nine touchdowns while switching between multiple starting quarterbacks. He added a pair of kick return touchdowns and averaged 28 yards per return.
All-Texas College Team: Defense
DL: James Lynch, Baylor (Round Rock)
Lynch was the most impactful player in the state in 2019, as evidenced by his player of the year nod. Of course, he also lands on the All-Texas College team.
DL: Bravvion Roy, Baylor (Spring)
Roy was overshadowed by Lynch at times, but he was as good a defensive tackle as there was in college football this year. The senior posted 56 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, seven quarterback hurries and seven sacks. Those numbers are tremendous for a gap-filling tackle.
DL: Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M (McKinney North)
Madubuike emerged as a tremendous interior lineman, posting 45 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, seven quarterback hurries and 5.5 sacks. He was the primary catalyst behind an Aggies rush defense that ranked top 30 in the nation.
LB: Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech (Houston Stratford)
Brooks played his way to becoming one of the two best defensive players in the state of Texas, and helped change the defensive culture at Texas Tech.
LB: Terrel Bernard, Baylor (La Porte)
When Clay Johnston went out – he would have easily made this list if not for his injury – the young Bernard took his game to another level. The sophomore posted 77 tackles, nine tackles for loss and four sacks while leading the Bears to the Big 12 championship game. He’ll be an All-America contender soon enough.
LB: Garret Wallow, TCU
Wallow was the most productive linebacker in Texas by far. He posted 125 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks while serving as the consistent centerpiece of TCU’s front seven.
LB: Bryan London II, Texas State (Converse Randolph)
London capped off his legendary career with another strong season. He led the team with 118 yards, six tackles for loss and his first career interception against Texas A&M.
DB: Douglas Coleman, Texas Tech
Coleman went from part-time nickel starter to dynamic safety in one offseason. He finished second in the nation with eight interceptions and added 63 tackles and a pair of pass breakups for an improved Tech defense.
DB: Trevon Moehrig, TCU (Spring Branch)
Moehrig quietly had a great season at safety. He posted 62 tackles, 11 pass breakups and four interceptions for the Horned Frogs in the defensive backfield. He finished second on the team in tackles, only behind Wallow.
DB: Jameson Houston, Baylor (Austin St. Michael’s Academy)
Houston quietly emerged as Baylor’s top corner during a standout senior year. He helped limit Jalen Reagor to eight yards, Tylan Wallace to 69 yards and Texas to 200 total passing yards.
DB: Jeff Gladney, TCU (New Boston)
Gladney capped off a great career by leading the Frogs with 14 pass breakups at cornerback, along with 31 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. He’ll be an NFL draft pick next spring.
UT: Patrick Nelson, SMU
Nelson is the best football player you’re not talking about. He finished top 10 nationally with 12 sacks, trailing only James Lynch in the state. He added 17 tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries and an interception. By the way, did we mention he plays safety?
K: Cameron Dicker, Texas (Lake Travis)
Dicker hit on 80 percent of his field goals, including 7-of-8 kicks from inside 40 yards. Most importantly, Dicker nailed a 33-yarder against Kansas and 26-yarder against Kansas State as time expired to narrowly send the Longhorns to a bowl. He’s the first Texas player to hit multiple walk-off kicks as time expired.
P: Dane Roy, Houston
This was one of the tight picks on the board between Roy, Texas Tech’s Austin McNamara and Texas A&M’s Braden Mann. Ultimately, Roy dropped an absurd 56 percent of his kicks within the 20-yard line compared to touchbacks on just 3.7%(!) of punts. It was a tremendous punting year.
KR: Deion Hair-Griffin, North Texas (Arlington Heights)
Hair-Griffin was a game-changing return threat for the Mean Green this season. He had a 96-yard return for a score against ACU and had a 50-yard return to set up a game-winning field goal against Middle Tennessee. He averaged more than 40 yards per kick return.
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