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12 hours ago, Sirhornsalot said:

Isn't he third string?

No he wasn't listed on the depth chart.  He was on the practice squad while waiting on being eligible.  Had to be with the program two full semesters to be eligible. Supposedly he impressed the coaches a lot while running scout team offenses.  

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LB Tommy Nobis, Texas (1963-65)
Interceptions: 7 
After watching Nobis suffocate Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Roger Staubach in a 28-6 victory over Navy in the 1964 Cotton Bowl, Army coach Paul Dietzel called Nobis "the finest linebacker I've ever seen in college." Nobis was the only sophomore starter on Texas' 1963 national championship team -- and he still played both ways, at linebacker and guard, after the rules were changed to allow two-platoon football. As a junior, Nobis made one of the most famous tackles in Orange Bowl history, stopping Alabama's Joe Namath at the goal line on fourth-and-inches to preserve UT's 21-17 decision. Nobis was a two-time All-American in 1964 and '65, averaged nearly 20 tackles per game, and won the Outland Trophy and Maxwell Award as a senior.



P Russell Erxleben, Texas (1975-78)
NCAA leader: 1976 (46.6-yard average) | Career: 45.1 average
Erxleben excelled as punter and place-kicker for the Longhorns. He set an NCAA record with a 67-yard field goal in his junior year. That record comes with an asterisk -- in Erxleben's day, NCAA rules allowed kickers to use a tee. There are no asterisks in his punting career. The three-time All-American beat by a half-yard the career average of first-team punter Ray Guy, and for years, few others approached them. One other thing: Erxleben averaged 4.5 punts per game. In the days of Earl Campbell, the Horns didn't punt very often.



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