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The University of Texas Legends Shine in All-EA Sports NCAA Football Team

The eagerly anticipated return of EA Sports NCAA Football, a beloved video game series, is on the horizon, ending a decade-long void for enthusiasts and college football fans. With recent changes allowing student-athletes to profit from their name and likeness, the game is set to make a comeback, featuring compensated players. In light of these developments, The Athletic has compiled the All-EA Sports NCAA Football Team, honoring the best players who have graced the game over the years. Among the standout players selected, two University of Texas legends earned their place.

This article delves into the achievements and impact of Roy Williams, wide receiver extraordinaire, and Derrick Johnson, a dominant force at linebacker, while also acknowledging honorable mentions.

Roy Williams: A Towering Presence on the Field

Roy Williams, the University of Texas wide receiver, etched his name in school history with his outstanding performances. Throughout his career, Williams set impressive records in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns, remaining unmatched in the latter two categories. His prowess extended into the virtual world, as evidenced by his remarkable 99 overall rating in NCAA Football 2004.

The Athletic highlights Williams' ability to excel at jump balls, making him virtually unstoppable against smaller defensive backs downfield. This section explores his impact on the game and his place among other notable receivers, such as Rashaun Woods. For fans who bet on college football, Williams' skills made him an exciting player to watch and a potential game-changer.

Derrick Johnson: A Defensive Force to Be Reckoned With

Derrick Johnson, a linebacker for the University of Texas, left an indelible mark both on the real football field and in the virtual realm. His exceptional career led to his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, and he was a Consensus All-American twice.

Johnson's virtual counterpart boasted a formidable 99 overall rating in NCAA Football 2005, underscoring his dominance.

Alongside other standout linebackers like James Laurinaitis and Dan Connor, Johnson's virtual presence was known for his tackling prowess, shutting down opponents with his ability to limit big runs and make crucial tackles for losses. This section delves into Johnson's achievements and his impact on the game.

Honorable Mentions: Texas' Contribution to the Game

While Roy Williams and Derrick Johnson claimed their rightful places on The Athletic's All-EA Sports NCAA Football Team, several other Texas players earned honorable mentions. Vince Young, the former Texas quarterback, and architect of the Longhorns' 2005 national championship, was acknowledged as one of the century's greatest college football players. Other notable mentions included Robert Griffin III, whose dual-threat capabilities likened him to Young, and Pat White, an explosive playmaker.

Their contributions are acknowledged, along with other players from in-state schools who graced the cover of the game, such as Ricky Williams, Brian Orakpo, and Michael Crabtree. Additionally, outstanding performances from TCU's Jake Kirkpatrick, Texas' Nathan Vasher, and Limas Sweed fell just short of the final team.


As the return of EA Sports NCAA Football draws near, the anticipation among video game enthusiasts and college football fans continues to build. The inclusion of the University of Texas legends Roy Williams and Derrick Johnson in The Athletic's All-EA Sports NCAA Football Team serves as a testament to their exceptional talents and impact on the virtual gridiron.

With these players and a host of honorable mentions from Texas schools, the forthcoming edition of the game promises to be an immersive experience, paying homage to the rich football tradition in the Lone Star State.


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