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Don’t tell Tom: Texas DL Charles Omenihu one of many Longhorns embracing the scooter

Battery-powered scooters have become all the rage with Texas football players, students all over campus, just be careful out there

Posted October 16th, 2018

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According to Bird’s website, those two-wheeled scooters that are now everywhere in Austin actually do have weight limits. “You must not exceed the maximum weight limit for the Vehicle (200 pounds),” according to Bird’s rental agreement.

Uh-oh. Don’t tell Texas defensive lineman Charles Omenihu. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound senior is not about to quit that free-wheeling transportation that has become its own #RevolUTion18.

Macy Dunnigan and Blake Jimmerson spent the afternoon tooling around downtown along Congress Ave. enjoying their time off as they zoom around the Texas State Capitol.
RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

If Texas coach Tom Herman is reading this, please look away. In fact, it’s probably best that he not look outside the football building. Avoid the front entrance, if possible.

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A lot of Longhorns are violating that weight limit on those battery-powered gizmos.

“I took a scooter here,” Omenihu said Tuesday during Tuesday’s press luncheon. “I don’t like walking too much around campus. I do enough exercising anyway. Those scooters are fun. I need to invest in one. Yeah, I like ’em.”

Bird’s rental agreement states the vehicle cannot be used for “racing, mountain riding, or stunt or trick riding.” Texas students, and tons of athletes, are using the scooters to get all over campus.

Oh, Omenihu also has a team-high six sacks and enjoying a career season. Football helmets? Check. Safety helmets? What are those?

“If you don’t know how to drive, you’re going to flip off or whatever,” Omenihu said. “I think I’m a pretty good driver of a motor vehicle, of a car, scooter, whatever it might be. I’m not worried about falling.”

A reporter once saw a UT student try to jump a curb on a Bird scooter. It did not end well. The front wheel met the concrete, didn’t budge and the rider’s face soon followed.

“That is very, very unfortunate,” Omenihu said. “I hope that dude learns his lesson about slowing down a little bit.”

Would he jump any curbs?

“Nah, I don’t go on no curbs,” Omenihu said. “I bounced off the curb a couple of times. I just like the thrill, the adrenaline.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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