Cotton Bowl watchers et al.: Do you know your Texas college football history?

Football in Texas is serious business. Test your knowledge of college football history in the Lone Star State.

2. Who was the first African-American player to receive a football scholarship in the old Southwest Conference?

Jerry LeVias became the first African-American scholarship athlete on a Southwest Conference team when he signed to play at Southern Methodist in 1965. A 5 ft. 9 in. receiver, he became both an athletic and academic All-America, then went on to play six years professionally, with the Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers.

Jerry LeVias became the first African-American scholarship athlete on a Southwest Conference team when he signed to play at Southern Methodist in 1965. A 5 ft. 9 in. receiver, he became both an athletic and academic All-America, then went on to play six years professionally, with the Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers.

Jerry LeVias became the first African-American scholarship athlete on a Southwest Conference team when he signed to play at Southern Methodist in 1965. A 5 ft. 9 in. receiver, he became both an athletic and academic All-America, then went on to play six years professionally, with the Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers.

Jerry LeVias became the first African-American scholarship athlete on a Southwest Conference team when he signed to play at Southern Methodist in 1965. A 5 ft. 9 in. receiver, he became both an athletic and academic All-America, then went on to play six years professionally, with the Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers.

Stephen Spillman, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal/AP
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Jerry LeVias of Southern Methodist

 

Bubba Bean of Texas A&M

 

Greg Hawthorne of Baylor

 

Andre Tillman of Texas Tech

 
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