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Texas OL Willie Tyler opts out of 2020 season

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Texas Longhorns redshirt sophomore Willie Tyler announced on Wednesday that he will sit out the 2020 season. Here was the announcement on Twitter.

Tyler is the third Texas Longhorns player to opt out of the season due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Senior running back Daniel Young and senior defensive end Marqez Bimage are also sitting out.


Tyler was not a projected starter for the Lognhorns, but he was expected to compete for a back-up role on the interior of the Longhorns offensive line.

A 6’7, 335-pounder, Tyler was a late addition to the 2019 recruiting class out of Iowa Western Community College. He was brought to Austin as a player with high upside, but still needed to hone his skills after playing just one season at offensive line after a year away from the game of football.

With the three players opting out, Texas will have 80 scholarship players available for the 2020 season. Texas was recently given the second-best odds to win the Big 12 in 2020.

The Texas Longhorns open the season on September 12th against UTEP before Big 12 play begins on September 26th against Texas Tech.

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