HEARD: 'I'M GOING TO TAKE AWAY THEIR PHONES'

Moments after Texas coach Charlie Strong on Monday vowed the team was together and ready to turn things around, some social media sniping broke out among teammates after junior S Dylan Haines said some freshmen weren't putting in enough extra work. On Tuesday, Longhorns QB Jerrod Heard said he had a solution.

When asked about the crossfire on social media Monday by first-year players reacting to Dylan Haines' comments  - Heard said Tuesday his freshmen teammates "love Twitter - maybe too much."

"So I'm gonna get their phones and delete Twitter," Heard smiled. "That was just boredom. That was guys bored, on Twitter looking for retweets."

Heard said there's "no tension or beef in the locker room. Everyone is getting along like brothers."

Texas' redshirt freshman QB said he learned of the Longhorn-on-Longhorn sparks flying on social media when "someone texted me and said, 'Get your teammates off Twitter.'"

Heard said the team had a very good, spirited, up-tempo practice on Tuesday.

"Guys are in the film room more this week than last week," Heard said.

Offensive play-caller Jay Norvell said the team is hopeful WR Daje Johnson will be cleared for Saturday's Red River Shootout after suffering a head injury vs TCU on UT's first offensive series.

If Johnson is not able to play, Heard said, "We have a lot of talented, short, fast guys like Daje who will be ready for their opportunity."

Heard apologized on Twitter, saying simply, "I'm sorry," after a demoralizing 50-7 loss at TCU. At halftime, while trailing 37-0 to the Horned Frogs, Texas freshman CB Kris Boyd retweeted a Tweet encouraging Boyd and freshman LB Malik Jefferson to transfer to Texas A&M.

UT released an apology from Boyd on Sunday, and Strong said Monday Boyd would play against Oklahoma.

Heard said, "We regrouped for this weekend."

Texas enters the Red River Shootout with former OU co-OC Jay Norvell calling offensive plays, which Heard called a big advantage.

"He has all the knowledge of what they're going to do to and how they are going to attack us," Heard said. "So we are just being students of the game."

Asked about being a big underdog (16.5 points) vs the Sooners, Heard said:

"We know we can win this game, and yet, I know there's a lot favoring Oklahoma in this game.

"So it's going to give us a chip on the shoulder, and that's going to make us very dangerous while we're out there playing.

"We talked today after practice, and we know if we beat OU, everything's going to go away."

 

 


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