AUSTIN, Texas — On Aug. 5, the NCAA mandated that all student-athletes must be allowed the opportunity to opt out of participation due to concerns about contracting COVID-19, and universities must honor the scholarship of any athlete who does choose this route.
Since that announcement, multiple Texas football players have decided to spend the year away from the team.
The first Texas player to announce his intention to opt out was running back Daniel Young. Head coach Tom Herman said of Young, "We absolutely support him ... and whatever he needs from us, he's going to get."
Longhorns who have opted out:
- Daniel Young, running back (senior)
- Marqez Bimage, defensive lineman (senior)
- Willie Tyler, offensive lineman (RS sophomore)
- DaJon Harrison (freshman)