In a two-day stretch, Texas football coach Charlie Strong has eliminated five players from the team’s 2014 roster based on multiple media reports.
The latest departee, running back Joe Bergeron, was dismissed Friday morning for an undisclosed violation of team rules, based on reports from multiple media outlets, including the Austin American-Statesman. The newspaper confirmed reports from two different websites – Orangebloods.com and HornsDigest.com – about the Bergeron dismissal, as well as the late Thursday night dismissals of running back Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins. The reports said Overstreet and Collins also were dismissed for unspecified violations of team rules.
Texas athletic department officials have yet to issue an official confirmation of those three departures.
But Strong issued a statement Thursday about the indefinite suspensions given to receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrell Meander, who have been charged with felony sexual assault of a female student who said she was raped in a campus dormitory last month.
The timing of Bergeron’s dismissal comes just three days after Strong told reporters at Big 12 media days that he envisioned the senior being “back in the mix” this fall after being held out of spring drills to concentrate on academics.
The departures of Bergeron (362 yards, 4 TDs) and Overstreet (102 yards, 2 TDs) eliminate two of the Longhorns’ top four running backs on the projected depth chart, leaving the rotation to top returning rusher Malcolm Brown (904 yards, 9 TDs) and Johnathan Gray (780 yards, 4 TDs), a former Aledo standout coming of surgery to repair a torn Achilles. Donald Catalon, a true freshman, projects to be the No. 3 running back in Texas’ rotation in light of the latest departures.
_ Jimmy Burch