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Texas players react to Jay Norvell's promotion to Longhorns play caller

What team leaders think about the changes made by their head coach.

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

When several Texas Longhorns players met with the media on Tuesday evening following head coach Charlie Strong's promotion of wide receivers coach Jay Norvell to play-calling duties and the demotion of assistant head coach for offense/quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson from that role, the reactions ranged from shocked to unsurprised.

Senior running back Johnathan Gray

The team's best player received only eight carries on Saturday, so Gray probably wasn't exactly happy with Watson over the last several days. As a result, it makes sense that Gray didn't express any shock at the big news:

Senior cornerback Duke Thomas

Since the defense is much more removed from what happens in the offensive position rooms, the changes caught Thomas off guard:

Since Thomas goes against the Longhorns wide receivers every day in practice, he was able to provide some perspective on Norvell's impact there:

Senior wide receiver Daje Johnson

On the other end of the touches spectrum for Texas, Johnson caught six of the seven passes completed to Longhorns wide receivers. He reacted to the promotion of his position coach: