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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Texas football players join protests with march to State Capitol

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Plus: Pete Hansen is named Freshman All-American

Rally To Open Texas Businesses Back Up Held In Austin Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images

Texas Longhorns football athletes took a stand yesterday.

With the nation in unrest over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Longhorn football team took the streets like much of America to protest police brutality at the State Capitol, the Austin American-Statesman reports. From the Statesman: “Dozens of Longhorns, their coaches and support staff members walked from Royal-Memorial Stadium to the steps of the State Capitol, flanked by members of the UT and city of Austin police forces. Call it whatever you want — a George Floyd rally or a Black Lives Matter protest. The name ascribed to this gathering doesn’t particularly matter. It was without question a heartfelt expression of anger from mostly black athletes who are sick and tired of being targeted or judged simply by the color of their skin. ... [The] entire group was asked to kneel for nine minutes. In total silence. Law enforcement officers joined in.”

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

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WHAT WE’RE READING

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The Ringer: Ready or not, here comes the NBA

NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND

  • Texas baseball alums Kacy Clemens, Zane Gurwitz and CJ Hinojosa were among those cut from their respective minor league teams this week, the Austin American-Statesman reports. From the Statesman: “Clemens had been a first baseman in the Toronto farm system. Gurwitz and Hinojosa were infield prospects for the Angels and Brewers. ... Clemens, Gurwitz and Hinojosa were not considered among their former employers’ top prospects. An eighth-round pick in 2017, Clemens hit .191 last season over his 112 games with A-Advanced Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. Gurwitz hit .263 in 2019 while competing at the same two levels as Clemens. Hinojosa, who was acquired last year in a trade with San Francisco, has played Double-A baseball for much of the past three seasons.”
  • Texas pitcher Pete Hansen got the nod for Freshman All-American team by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the Austin American-Statesman reports. From the Statesman: “The last Longhorn to earn these freshman-year accolades was designated hitter Zach Zubia in 2018. No UT pitcher had been recognized since Morgan Cooper’s freshman year in 2014. A 6-2 left-hander out of California who Texas began recruiting after receiving a tip on Twitter, Hansen went 2-0 with 18 strikeouts and a save in 2020. He surrendered nine hits and did not allow an earned run over his 17 innings on the mound. Texas had planned on moving Hansen into its weekend rotation, but the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of UT’s remaining games before he could make his first Sunday start.”
  • Three former Longhorns were selected on ESPN’s All-Big 12 NFL team, Sports Illustrated reports. They included linebacker Jordan Hicks and safeties Earl Thomas and Kenny Viccaro.