UT defensive back DeShon Elliott celebrates a touchdown after an interception off Baylor quarterback Zach Smith in the first halfat McLane Stadium in Waco on Saturday October 28, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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To opposing quarterbacks, DeShon Elliott is Texas’ Joker

Posted October 31st, 2017

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If DeShon Elliott went trick-or-treating on Halloween, it’s not hard to guess what he went as.

On Tuesday, Elliott’s teammates described the junior safety as an unapologetic admirer of the Joker. Elliott is such a fan of the character that his celebratory on-field move is an ode to Batman’s antagonist.

Elliott even observed Tuesday’s holiday by tweeting out a photo-shopped meme of himself as the Joker.

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“Everybody loves Batman, everybody loves the Joker,” UT senior Antwuan Davis said. “Every once in a while, it’s OK to be the good bad guy, as we put it.”

Following big plays this fall, Elliott has been seen motioning his hands as if he’s just performed a magic trick. Such was the case in a 38-7 win over Baylor on Oct. 28 when Elliott returned an interception for a touchdown.

As defensive lineman Malcolm Roach said, “Anytime he’s throwing the hands up like that, it means something good is going on.”

Roach said Elliott has boasted he is the Joker’s biggest fan. The sophomore defensive end, though, doubted that claim and used Elliott’s signature move in his argument.

“I only saw (the Joker) do that in Suicide Squad only one time, I never saw him do it in any other movies,” Roach said. “I guess he’s not really a big fan. I guess he’s only watched Suicide Squad, that’s what I really think it is.”

In addition to celebrations, Elliott has found other ways to use his hands this season. Elliott’s six interceptions lead the nation and are two off of the school’s single-season record. He had also scored twice this year, forced two fumbles and tackled 40 opponents.

Last week, Elliott was named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award.

Elliott has nabbed six of the UT’s 10 interceptions, but he said he has challenged fellow safety Brandon Jones to match his turnover totals. While he is willing to share the spotlight, however, he won’t share his celebration.

“I tried to joke around and told him if i get a pick, I’m going to try to shout him out and do it too,” Jones said. “He told me not to do it, so I guess (I’m not) going to do that.”

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