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Talking Texas with Grad Transfer Brenden Schooler

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Recently, the Texas football program gained a graduate transfer when former Oregon wide receiver, Brenden Schooler, announced his transfer to Texas.

The Big-10 and Pac-12, for now, have canceled their fall football seasons. This has led many players in those conferences to opt-out and focus on the NFL Draft or enter the transfer portal. In the case of Schooler, the Longhorns have become the beneficiary of his decision to transfer.

After redshirting his senior season at Oregon due to injury, Schooler transferred to Pac-12 rival Arizona to play with his brother Colin. But when the Pac-12 decided to cancel the upcoming football season because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, both Schooler brothers entered the transfer portal.  Brenden will play at Texas for his final year of eligibility and he will have an opportunity to play against his brother Colin, who transferred to Texas Tech. 

“Growing up a football fan, the University of Texas was one of those schools you would dream of playing for on Saturday’s. So when I came in contact with the coaching staff it was an easy pick for me. The competition in the Big 12 is some of the best in the county. So not only was I going to be at a prestigious university but also playing good ball as well,” Schooler said.

Back in high school, Schooler was a three-star athlete who originally committed to Oregon. Once at Eugene, he starred on the field as a safety, accumulating 74 tackles and four interceptions. Shortly after he converted back to wide receiver and in two seasons caught 41 passes for 477 yards and four touchdowns.

Schooler will now be catching passes from Sam Ehlinger, one of the best in all of college football, just one year removed from catching passes from the sixth overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, Justin Herbert.

“Playing with Justin Herbert is every wide receiver’s dream. Not only is he an absolute elite quarterback, but he’s also a great guy and it was special beating able to play with him,” Schooler said.

Schooler wasn’t going to let the pandemic and Pac-12 ruin his dreams of playing football this fall.

“I was very frustrated when the PAC-12 decided to not have a season in the fall. So my brother and I had a decision to make. Either wait to play or go find a new home where they are playing this fall,” Schooler explained.

Schooler joins Tarik Black (Michigan) as graduate transfers that are expected produce for Sam Ehlinger and the team this season. He tells HornSports that he wants to contribute to the Longhorns in any way he can.

“My goal in playing for Texas is to contribute to the team’s success any way I can,” Schooler said.

In 2020 Texas will play a ten-game schedule starting with UTEP, then facing only Big-12 opponents the rest of the year. Schooler should prove to play an integral part in Texas’s march back to Big 12 prominence.

“What fans should know about me is that I have been surfing since I was five years old. Whenever I go back home (Southern California) I also go surfing,” Schooler said.

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