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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Texas alum Ta’Quon Graham says players were caught off guard by Tom Herman’s firing

Plus: Sam Ehlinger earns Collegiate Man of the Year award

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In an interview with The Spun, former Texas Longhorns defensive tackle Ta’Quon Graham said he and teammates were caught off guard by the firing of former head coach Tom Herman, who was replaced by Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

“I guess it kinda capped off everything from this season,” Graham said of Herman’s unanticipated firing late last year, per The Spun. “First off all, we were disappointed we didn’t get to win the Big 12 Championship. It hurt when I saw it on the news because that’s not something we expected to happen. There were talks about it, but we didn’t think they would do that this year, especially due to COVID-19 and how tough this year was. It was just a hard situation for us players, and it was something we were disappointed by.”


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  • Former Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s just won Jason Witten’s Collegiate Man of the Year award for his work raising almost $200,000 in COVID-19 pandemic relief this year.
  • 247Sports projects that incoming junior Casey Thompson will be the Longhorns’ starting quarterback in 2021, over incoming sophomore Hudson Card, a former four-star recruit. From 247Sport: “A new Week 1 starter will be taking the snaps on the Forty Acres for the first time since 2018 after Sam Ehlinger passed on an extra year of eligibility and entered the NFL draft, and those duties may very well go in Thompson’s direction if how he performed in relief of Ehinger during the Alamo Bowl in December served as any indication of what’s to come. While Thompson only passed for 170 yards in that game, he completed 8 of 10 passes — half of those completions went for touchdowns — as Texas cruised to a 55-23 victory vs. Colorado. No doubt about it, Thompson can expect a fair and intense battle with former 4-star Lake Travis prospect Hudson Card for the job in 2021, but Texas fans and players alike have to be optimistic about where Thompson can take his game with an offensive mind like Steve Sarkisian now at the helm of the program.”