Current, former Texas players share feelings on Mack Brown

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It was silent.

Mack Brown had just told his team that its upcoming Alamo Bowl game against Oregon would be his last as the Texas head football coach. After 158 wins over 16 seasons, one of them coming in a thrilling national title game against Southern California eight years ago, the legendary Longhorns coach was stepping down.

Junior defensive end Cedric Reed broke the silence with three poignant words: “I love you.”

What follows is a collection of thoughts, memories and opinions from current and former Texas football players on Brown:

CB Quandre Diggs: “I’ve known Coach Brown since I was 6 or 7 years old, so I’ve always thought he was going to be the coach here. He coached my brother [Quentin Jammer] and he’s coached me for the past three years. It was emotional. He’s the guy that recruited us.”

DE Jackson Jeffcoat: “He was the one who recruited me, he came and talked to my parents and knew all these stats about me that no one would know. The way he cares about us, I’m going to miss coming back to see him. It was hard to get past, but we’ll still see him. It’s not like he’s dead.”

QB Case McCoy: “He gave me a chance to achieve my dream. He gave me a chance to play in some of the biggest ballgames that other guys won’t have the chance to play in. I have to honor him for that and be appreciative of that.”

RG Mason Walters: “He’s got more love for this university than he does love for himself. He thought it was best to step away. I have a lot of respect for that. I know Coach Brown. Whatever he decides to do — he could retire, he’s still got energy to help a program out — whatever he does, he’ll be successful in it.”

C Dominic Espinosa: “He was a big part of the reason why a lot of us came here. I know I did because of that guy. So obviously it’s going to be emotional. It’s tough seeing someone go out like that. We might not understand it now, but later on, we can look back and know we were a part of that. We had something to do with that. It does hurt. That’s why we want to play so hard coming up this game.”

RT Trey Hopkins: “I was going through some stuff my sophomore year and Coach Brown kind of sat me down, walked me through it, and got me back going. He just acts as a father figure. When you’re away from your family as much as we are, and you’re up here more than you are anywhere else while you’re at Texas, he’s a really good guy to be able to talk to.”

S Adrian Phillips: “We love Coach Brown. We are just going to fight with Coach Brown every straw against Oregon and come out right. He’s meant a lot to me and he’s the reason I’m here, so I thank him a lot for that. He’s taught me a lot over the past four years. He has built a lot of character for me. He is like the father figure for the team.”

DE Cedric Reed: “Coming off everything he’s done for Texas and just to hear him giving us that speech and end it like that. It was a sad moment for all of us. We kind of took it and kind of got down for a while. He’s a great coach and he has a great legacy, and we all understood that and where he was coming from.”

Former UT players via Twitter

Frank Okam (@98Nightmare): “Words won’t do justice for what Coach Brown was to UT and its program. His legacy won’t be measured in wins but the lives he touched #HookEM”

Michael Huff (@Huffy247): “Sad to see @UT_MackBrown go, just wanna say thank you for everything. You changed football in the state of TX and your legacy will never die”

Sam Acho (@TheSamAcho): “Very thankful to @UT_MackBrown for all the young men’s lives he changed at Texas. Few know about the impact he had on us as men #HookEm”

Roy Miller (@Roy_Miller_III): “Mack Brown taught me a bunch of valuable lessons as a man and player/student I couldn’t say I’d be where I’m at if it wasn’t for him.”

Kasey Studdard (@Studdard64): “Were going to miss u Coach Brown. I appreciate everything u and ur family has ever done for me on the football field and in life. Thank u!”

David Thomas (@DavidThomas_85): “Thankful to have played for @UT_MackBrown. Legendary coach and even better person. He will be missed on the 40 acres.”

Chris Hall (@ChrisHa1l): “@UT_MackBrown, thank you. It was such an honor & privilege to play for you. Your investment in young men like me means more than you know.”

Michael Griffin (@MikeGriff33): “Want to say thanks to @UT_MackBrown for the opportunity at Texas. May God bless him and his family.”

Kenny Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4): “Will 4ever be grateful I was able to play for Coach Brown. A great coach but even better man who preached character & being a man above all”

Aaron Williams (@ajwilliams23): “It’s sad to hear that @UT_MackBrown is resigning, wanna thank him and Mrs. Sally for the great memories and help I had while at Texas”

Brian Robison (@Brian_Robison): “Thank you @UT_MackBrown for all you’ve done at UT. Your resume speaks for itself.”

Keenan Robinson (@KeenanRobinson1): “Great coach but an even better man. Hate to see Coach Brown go. I’m grateful to have played for him during my time on the 40 acres.”

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