Texas Football: 10 best wide receivers all-time for the Longhorns

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4. Johnny “Lam” Jones (1976-1979)

Another versatile stud for the Longhorns that could make an impact in multiple phases of the game was the great Johnny “Lam” Jones. In the late 1970s, no one could do more damage in terms of explosive plays in multiple phases of the offense than Jones.

That was evident in the fact that Jones rounded out his collegiate career with 850 rushing yards, six rushing scores, 1,603 receiving yards, and 14 touchdown catches. Jones ranks 23rd all-time in total touchdowns (20) and 16th all-time in receiving yards. The number of different stat categories Jones left his mark on for the Longhorns is a testament to how his insane track speed impacted this team in multiple ways in the late 1970s.

It’s also worth noting that Jones ranks 10th all-time in all-purpose yards with more than 3,000.

And to top it all off, Jones is the only Texas wideout ever to average more than 18 yards per catch while racking up at least 1,500 career receiving yards.

For his efforts in four seasons at Texas, Jones was a two-time All-SWC selection and a 1979 Sporting News All-American.

3. Quan Cosby (2005-2008)

As a two-time First-Team All-Big 12 selection and a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, former star Texas wideout Quan Cosby was one of the most dominant players at this position in program history. Cosby had one of the great seasons for a Texas wideout in recent memory, when he went off for more than 1,100 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches as Colt McCoy’s top target in the passing game in 2008.

That helped to contribute to a decorated career for Cosby where he registered 212 catches (fourth in program history) for 2,598 receiving yards (sixth) and 19 touchdown catches (fourth). Cosby was also a noted threat in the return game, which saw him rack up more than 2,000 return yards and two touchdowns. More than 1,700 of those yards in the return game came as a kick returner (which is good for best in program history).

There was also an ultra-consistent factor in Cosby’s game, as he owns one of the longest streaks in program history with at least one catch in 44 consecutive games.

Cosby has more than 4,700 career all-purpose yards under his belt (sixth in program history).