Duo named to 2012 CFPA Special Teams Watch List
June 26, 2012
Senior Texas Longhorns running back D.J. Monroe and sophomore CB Quandre Diggs have been added to the 2012 CFPA Special Teams Watch List, the CFPA has announced. Monroe was added to the lists for kickoff returner and all-purpose performer while Diggs was added to the list for punt returners.
A Texas Longhorns football player has won a national CFPA award each of the last three consecutive seasons. Running back Foswhitt Whittaker was named the 2011 CFPA Kickoff Returner Trophy winner for his stellar senior season where he returned two kickoffs for 100-yard touchdowns in consecutive games. In 2010, DE Sam Acho was selected as the CFPA Defensive Lineman Trophy winner, and Earl Thomas was selected as the CFPA Defensive Back Trophy winner in 2009.
Monroe is a fourth-year running back who has played in 36 games, including four starts and has posted 664 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 98 attempts (6.8 ypr) in his career. He also has 1,170 kickoff return yards (No. 3 on UT's career list) on 47 attempts (No. 3 on UT's career list) for a 24.9 yards per return average (No. 6 on UT's career list). He has collected 1,898 career all-purpose yards on 147 plays (12.9 ypp). In 2011, he appeared in all 13 games with three starts tallying 326 rushing yards on 48 attempts (6.8 ypr), eight receptions for 70 yards (8.8 ypc) and 10 kickoff returns for 203 yards (20.3 avg). Monroe scored on his first-ever collegiate play with an 89-yard kickoff return against ULM in 2009. He is one of two players in school history to return two kickoffs for TDs, and he currently runs track for Texas. Monroe, from Angleton, Texas, won the 2006 4A state championship in the 100 meters (10.45). He was chosen to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 first team.
Diggs enters his sophomore season after having played in all 13 career games with 11 starts at cornerback as a true freshman in 2011. He was named a 2011 CBSSports.com Freshman All-American, 2011 Yahoo! Sports Freshman All-America First Team member, 2011 FWAA Freshman All-America Team member and the 2011 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (Coaches). He was also named second team All-Big 12 (Coaches) and honorable mention (AP). In his first season, he tied a Texas freshman record with four interceptions to go with 51 tackles (33 solo), four tackles for loss, 15 pass breakups and two caused fumbles. Diggs, who like Monroe hails from Angleton, Texas, also returned 19 kickoffs for 371 yards and nine punts for 181 yards. His brother, Quentin Jammer, was a three-year starter and All-America defensive back at Texas (1997-98; 2000-01) and currently starts for the San Diego Chargers.