Data Series: Most Career Interceptions Among Texas FBS Programs

Tracy Saul Texas Tech 25 from 1989-92 

 Tracy Saul

Tracy Saul

Tracy Saul's 25 interceptions from 1989 to 1992 set the SWC mark forever and still stands as the second most in NCAA history. Saul was All-SWC each of his four years at Tech, the first two as a returner, the last two as a defensive back. He was also selected All-American as a safety his senior season. He had eight interceptions as a freshman and again as a junior. The Idalou native was nicknamed "the Natural" and took to the college game quickly, intercepting his first pass in 1989 against 12th ranked Texas A&M in just his fourth game. While at Idalou Saul was a three sport star playing football, basketball, and track. He was an All-State selection as a prep football and basketball player and a state track meet participant. 

Kevin Smith Texas A&M 20 from 1988-91

Smith's 20 interceptions set a new SWC mark in 1991 and still stand 10th all-time in the NCAA. He also returned two punts for touchdowns his senior season. Smith was a semi-finalist for the Thorpe Award and first team All-American in 1991. His 20 interceptions are still a school record at A&M.  Smith play high school football at the dominant West Orange Stark program and went on to an NFL career with the Cowboys where he was an All-Pro in 1996 and was part of three Super Bowl Champion teams.  

Russell Carter SMU 18 From 1981-83 

Russell Carter headed south from Pennsylvania to Texas to play his college football. Carter was a true speedster for SMU, Carter was an All-American on the track and the football field. Tallied seven picks in both 1981 and 1983. His 18 picks set a new SWC mark. Was a member of two SWC championship teams and was a three time All-SWC selection. Made one of the biggest plays in SMU history when he blocked a field goal attempt against Arkansas, preserving a tie and ensuring SMU a conference title in 1982. He spent six seasons in the league for the Jets and the Raiders after the Jets selected him 10th overall in the 1984 draft. 

Adrian McDonald Houston 17 From 2012-15

 Adrian McDonald

Adrian McDonald

Intercepted 17 passes and returned them for 286 yards. Twice tallied six interceptions in a season. From Lawton, Oklahoma, McDonald started 30 games for the Cougars and was a Thorpe Award Semi-finalist as a senior. Picked off at least one pass in each of his four seasons with the Cougars. Had an interception as a freshman. Also recovered seven fumbles while at Houston. Currently with the San Diego Chargers. Seventeen career picks is good enough for 49th All-Time in the NCAA.

John Simmons SMU 17 from 1977-80

Simmons, from Little Rock Parkview, wasn't recruited by his home-state Razorbacks but he made quite the home for himself on the Hilltop with 17 interceptions. Intercepted a pass to preserve the Mustangs win over then #2 Texas, SMU's first win vs. the Longhorns in thirteen years. He returned three for touchdowns including three his senior season. Read a little more about Simmons here. He was a first team All-American in 1980.

Nathan Vasher Texas 17 From 2000-03

Vasher came to the 40 Acres from Texarkana Texas High School and started from his sophomore season on. He recorded a Longhorn best 17 picks including seven his sophomore year. He tallied 64 pass break ups over the course of his career in Austin. As a junior transitioned to cornerback where he was All-Big 12 2nd team despite playing in just ten games. He was All-Big 12 and was an All-American kick returner his senior season. Was named First Team All-Pro in 2005 while with the Bears. Intercepted twenty passes a pro with the Bears, Chargers, and Lions. 

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Posted on May 7, 2017 and filed under Houston, SMU, Southwest Round-Up, Texas A&M, Texas Tech.