Former Longhorns WR/RB D.J. Monroe has signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced on Monday.
“It is a dream come true,” said Monroe. “I just want to thank God first because without him none of this would’ve been possible. I am just excited and overwhelmed at the same time. I have just been given the chance to live out one of my dreams that I have always wanted to live out in my life.
“With me graduating with honors as one of my big goals and now me going into the NFL, it is just great. I am just excited that they saw something in me that a lot of other people didn’t. I am ready to go play football and show Buc-Nation how we do it.”
“D.J. Monroe has speed, and you can’t coach speed,” said Texas head coach Mack Brown. “One of the only guys who returned three kickoffs for touchdowns here. He played wide receiver for us, and he can play slot in the NFL for sure, and be a kick returner in all areas. Anyone that can run that fast deserves a good look.”
Monroe was a five-year running back/wide receiver who played in 49 games, including six starts and was an honorable mention All-Big 12 choice as a senior. He holds the school record for most kickoff returns for a touchdown in a career with three, which ties him for sixth on the FBS active career kickoff return for a touchdown list. Monroe scored on his first-ever collegiate play with an 89-yard kickoff return against ULM in 2009. He posted 1,685 kickoff return yards (No. 2 on UT's career list) on 68 attempts (No. 2 on UT's career list) for a 24.8 yards per return average (No. 6 on UT's career list). He also recorded 2,620 career all-purpose yards on 195 plays (13.4 ypp) and had more than 500 all-purpose yards in each of his four seasons.
Monroe was selected to play in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl where he had 62 all-purpose yards on 11 plays (5.6 avg) in helping the National team to a 34-0 win over the American squad.
Monroe was also was a member of the track and field team in 2011. He earned first team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and helped Texas place sixth in the 4x100m with a time of 39.24. He posted a 60-meter time of 6.86 in the prelims at the Big 12 Indoor Championships and placed fourth in the 60 meters at the Don Kirby Invitational, clocking 6.81. Monroe clocked a personal-best 60-meter time of 6.76, placing 12th in the championship section at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. He helped Texas place fourth in the 4x100m relay at the Texas Relays with a time of 39.29 and helped Texas post a 39.39 in the 4x100m relay to finish third at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
Monroe was a prep All-American and was tabbed the Offensive MVP of the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game. He won the 2006 4A state championship in the 100 meters (10.45).
Monroe was chosen to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 first team.