Earlier this week, the Texas Longhorns’ 2019 team captains were named, with junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger, senior center Zach Shackelford, senior receiver Collin Johnson, senior safety Brandon Jones, and senior defensive end Malcolm Roach voted by their peers to representing the Horns in that role for the upcoming season.
But a simple social media post highlighting the feat wasn’t enough, as Texas head coach Tom Herman elected to call the parents of each newly-minted team captain to congratulate, as well as thank them.
“Zach has been elected a team captain for the 2019 season,” Herman told Shackelford’s father, Lyle. “So, I wanted to call you and thank you and Mrs. Shannon for raising an unbelievable, awesome young man.”
Johnnie Johnson, the father of Collin and Kirk Johnson and a two-time All-American defensive back with the Longhorns, received the same good news.
“[Collin] has been voted a team captain by his peers,” Herman said. “To call you is really just to say thank you for raising two unbelievable young men.”
With its new team captains set, Texas’ 2019 season will get underway in a matter of days when Louisiana Tech comes to Austin on Aug. 31. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on Longhorn Network.