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Texas Safety Chris Brown Opts Out of Bowl Game to Prepare for NFL Draft

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The Texas Longhorns regular season is over after their game against the Kansas Jayhawks was cancelled due to COVID-19. And while we are uncertain what the bowl season will look like, we now know star safety Chris Brown won’t play in a bowl game. Brown is opting out to start his preparations for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Brown made the announcement on Twitter, explaining his decision, writing in part, “After thorough conversations with both my family and my coaches, it was a conclusion we came to that we know is in the best interest of my future. My experience at Texas has definitely been a rollercoaster, but it’s a ride that has meant everything to me because throughout the process I’ve grown… Please know that I’m going to be a Longhorn for Life.”


Brown ranks fifth on the team with 47 tackles and is tied for the lead among the Longhorns with seven pass breakups this year. He set a career high with 12 tackles against Kansas State. 

Brown was one of only three Longhorns on the 2020 team left over from the Charlie Strong era. He was three-star prospect in the 2016 recruiting class who ranked as the No. 23 safety nationally, according to the 247Sports.

Brown becomes the latest Texas player to opt out of the rest of the season, joining Samuel Cosmi and Caden Sterns, who made their announcements last week following the Longhorns’ loss to the Iowa State Cyclones.

The Longhorns were scheduled to wrap up the regular season against Kansas on Saturday, but that game has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

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