Reports: Texas RB Bergeron, S Turner dismissed from team
Texas senior running back Joe Bergeron and senior safety Josh Turner became the third and fourth Longhorns players dismissed from the team in the last two days, according to multiple reports.
Bergeron, who has rushed for 1,392 yards and 25 TD in his career, and Turner, who played in all 12 games last season, join backup running back Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins, who were dismissed Thursday, according to reports.
Linebacker Kendall Thompson also left the Texas program Friday, but reports vary about why. Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com reports that Thompson was dismissed, while Jason Suchomel, also of Orangebloods.com, reports that Thompson left the program because of concussion issues.
Texas has two other players suspended indefinitely in WRs Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander. Both were charged with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that Bergeron’s dismissal is surprising, given that he had worked his way out of head coach Charlie Strong’s doghouse after being sent home during spring football.
"You think about Bergeron," Strong told the American-Statesman. "You took spring ball away from him. Joe’s back; he’s done an unbelievable job."
Bergeron figured to give the Longhorns good depth behind Malcolm Brown (904 yards, 9 TD in 2013) and Johnathan Gray (780 yards, 4 TD).
Strong also dismissed two other players in March in fullback Chet Moss and defensive back Leroy Scott, bringing Texas’ total dismissals since Strong became head coach to six.
Suchomel tweeted Friday, "I’m told all the #UT players that were dismissed/disciplined will all meet with Charlie Strong on Monday."