9/27/08 Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; Texas legendary players Bobby Layne and Tommy Nobis had their numbers retired in a ceremony at halftime before a large crowd in the Horns victory over Arkansas 52-10. Nobis accepts his jersey at right as Layne's son Alex Layne, left, accepts for the Layne family.


Texas countdown to football: 5 players from San Antonio to remember

Posted August 12th, 2016


The football season is approaching fast, and Texas fans are getting excited. Counting today, there are 23 days until the start of the football season. To help celebrate, we’re counting down five things every day until the start of the season.

We’ve been to West Texas.

We’ve gone to Houston.


Now we’re remembering the Alamo, or at least remember some of the best Longhorns ever to come from San Antonio.

Here are five former University of Texas players from San Antonio to remember:

5. Wane McGarity, Clark High School

11/11/03 file photo of Texas linebacker Tommy Nobis and UT President Flawn with placque. Kennedy photo. ORG XMIT:
11/11/03 file photo of Texas linebacker Tommy Nobis and UT President Flawn with placque. Kennedy photo. ORG XMIT:

McGarity’s story is one of perseverance. He suffered two serious ACL injuries in his career with Texas before catching 1,687 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career. He holds the record for longest touchdown reception (97 yards against Oklahoma) most touchdown catches in a game (four against Texas Tech in 1998) and most 100 yard receiving games in a season (7 in 1998). His senior year, where he was completely overshadowed by Ricky Williams’ history-breaking season, yielded 1,087 yards and 9 touchdowns and an 18 yards per catch average.

4. Glenn Blackwood, Churchill High School

Blackwood is the greatest Longhorn to ever be drafted by the Miami Dolphins. He is a Dolphins Hall of Fame member and played nine seasons in Miami. At Texas, Blackwood was spectacular during his junior season, when he had 62 tackles and three interceptions.

3. Cedric Griffin, Holmes High School

Griffin finished his Texas career with 271 tackles, 170 solo, and was a member of Texas’s 2005 National Championship team and had eight tackles in the bowl game win over USC. He was drafted in the second round by the Minnesota Vikings a few months later. At Holmes High School, Griffin was an All-State and All-District player. He played both ways and participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2000.

2. Priest Holmes, John Marshall High School

Holmes also fought through injuries while at Texas, crossing paths with Ricky Williams, and finishing his career with 1,276 yards and 20 touchdowns. Holmes’ performance against North Carolina is legendary. He scored four touchdowns and rushed for 161 yards as a sophomore in 1994. Holmes went on to have one of the best pro careers any Longhorn has ever had. He was a three-time All-Pro, three-time Pro Bowler, NFL Offensive Player of the Year and is a member of the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame. As a senior at Marshall in 1991 he rushed for 2,061 yards with 26 touchdowns and led his team to the state title game, where they lost to Odessa Permian.

1.Tommy Nobis, Thomas Jefferson High School

We covered Nobis pretty well the other day when we mentioned his hall of fame accolades. Nobis was one of the best high school football players of the 1960s, and he was one of the best college players from the 1960s. At Jefferson, he was All-District, All-City and All-State.