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As outside noise grows, Longhorns turning away from social media; ‘I deleted my Twitter app’

Texas players starting to avoid social media as the ninth-ranked Longhorns gain more attention

Posted October 9th, 2018


Texas coach Tom Herman deleted Twitter from his smart phone when the season began. Other Longhorns are starting to follow suit.

The outside noise will only intensify should No. 9 Texas (5-1, 3-0 Big 12) keep winning each week.

“I deleted my Twitter app. I don’t go on Twitter at all,” receiver Collin Johnson said. “Instagram, I just go on here and there to look at funny videos or post a picture here and there. I’m not really on it much. I’m not active on it much.”


The team’s social media activity has slowed with each passing week. Players are getting smarter about using Twitter or Instagram to promote a brand — either UT’s or their own. Typically after wins, the Longhorns share celebratory locker room photos or short videos.

Quarterback Sam Ehlinger posted a poignant shot on Instagram of him crouched down on the sideline during the OU win. “Dad, I know you’re having a party in Heaven right now,” he wrote. “Every moment I know you’re with me and I am thankful for what you taught me when you were here. Always trying to make you proud. Hook ’Em.”

Ehlinger admitted Tuesday that multiple players have deleted Twitter off their smart phones.

“You’re giving a guy a voice who’s opinion doesn’t matter,” Ehlinger said. “We understand that the only opinions that matter are the ones in the facility, your teammates, your coaches and your family. We understand that.

“I think feeding that part of your brain is going to impact how you live your life.”

The Longhorns jumped 10 spots in this week’s The Associated Press Top 25 poll. It’s the first time they’ve been in the top 10 since 2010.

“We don’t actually know how close we are,” defensive tackle Chris Nelson said. “Great things are happening, and we’re moving forward with it. All we can do is play it day by day and preparation. We’re going back to the playbook and getting ready for the next one.”

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