As mandatory on-field activities for the Texas Longhorns football team resumed this week for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a key storyline surrounded the status of junior linebacker DeMarvion Overshown.
On Thursday, Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods was the first to report that Overshown is on campus and going through workouts with the team.
Overshown’s presence and participation were in doubt after the Arp product released a statement in early July that sought to hold the university to the same standard of urgency as football players are in the program in responding to requests from athletes to make changes for a more inclusive campus environment.
Citing the work of WNBA star Maya Moore, who stepped away from basketball to secure the release of Jonathan Irons, Overshown wrote, “Until real action is taken and changes are made, I will be sitting out of all team activities. I will support my team in whatever they do but this is something I’m very passionate about and I can not continue to perform for a program that does not show me the same love and support I do for them.”
On Monday, the university released a set of plans to create “a more diverse and welcoming campus” in response to the requests from athletes and students. While those plans did not address every request, it appears that the action taken by the administration was satisfactory enough for Overshown to join his teammates in Austin.
Recruited as the No. 5 safety in the 2018 recruiting class, Overshown battled injury over his first two seasons at Texas before moving to the linebacker position this spring, where he’s expected to compete for the starting role on the weak side.
In 2019, Overshown started two games and recorded 18 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble, and one interception.