Robinson, Worthy named AP Preseason All-Americans

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AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Football junior running back Bijan Robinson and sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy were named Preseason All-Americans by the Associated Press on Monday. Both were recognized for AP preseason honors for the first time in their careers, with Robinson garnering first-team accolades and Worthy collecting second-team honors.

Robinson, a native of Tucson, Ariz., has rushed for 1,830 yards on 281 carries (6.5 ypc) and 15 touchdowns, while also catching 41 passes for 491 yards and six touchdowns during his first two seasons on the Forty Acres. The junior’s 1,830 career rushing yards rank 21st all-time in program history. Last season, he was a first-team All-Big 12 selection and honorable mention as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, and named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. In 10 games, he rushed for 1,127 yards on 195 carries (5.8 ypc) and scored 11 touchdowns and hauled in 26 receptions for 295 yards (11.3 ypr) and four touchdowns. Robinson ranked third in the conference in total touchdowns (15), fourth in scoring (9.0 points per game), sixth in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and all-purpose yards (1,422), and seventh in total points score (90). His 142.20 all-purpose yards per game and 112.7 rushing yards per game ranked eighth nationally and third in the Big 12. He surpassed 100 yards rushing six times during the season, highlighted by a 35-carry, 216-rushing yard (6.2 ypc) performance at TCU.

In addition to his recognition from the Associated Press, Robinson has also received preseason first-team All-America honors from Athlon Sports, CBS Sports, Phil Steele, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He has also been recognized on the Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award, Wuerffel Trophy, Walter Camp Player of the Year and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch lists and was named the Preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team.

A native of Fresno, Calif., Worthy was the 2021 Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year after a record-breaking year for the Longhorns in which he established top UT freshman single-season marks for receptions (62), receiving yards (981) and receiving touchdowns (12). He was Texas’ first-ever freshman wide receiver to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors. He led the Big 12 in receiving touchdowns and receiving yards per game (81.1), ranked third in receiving yards, fourth in receptions per game (5.2), fifth in yards per reception (15.82), sixth in receptions and seventh in total touchdowns (12). Worthy had four 100-yard receiving games, including a 261-yard performance against Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown in which he caught nine passes and had two touchdown receptions. His outstanding season earned him AP Freshman All-American honors and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year accolades. He was an Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award semifinalist, garnered True Freshman All-American honors from ESPN and 247Sports and was selected to the Freshman All-American First Team by The Athletic.

Worthy was also selected as a Preseason second-team All-American by Athlon Sports, Phil Steele, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He has also been named to the Maxwell Award, Biletnikoff Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year watch lists, and was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team.


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