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.