FLASHBACK: 1995 Longhorns reflect on "Roster Impostor"
Taje Allen will never forget his Sugar Bowl roommate.
“He wakes me up at 2 or 3 in the morning and says ‘I gotta get out of here, I’m leaving’" former Texas defensive back Taje Allen said. "He says it was great playing with you guys, they’re gonna come looking for me.”
For one season, under the name Ron McKelvey, Ron Weaver pulled off an all-timer.
“All the sudden you find out Ron McKelvey ain’t Ron McKelvey.” former Texas running back Shon Mitchell said.
“It started to feel like you were in a movie or something like that.” Allen added.
A former Division II player in California, Weaver used an acquaintance’s social security number and identity to extend his college playing days. Then hours before the Sugar Bowl, Texas’s 30-year-old “roster impostor” was exposed.
Texas lost to Virginia Tech 28-10, and for many the epic distraction is what stands out the most.
“We had to get up at 5 in the morning and discuss like what could happen to us, are we gonna get put on probation, would this game count." Mitchell said. "All those things were going on in our heads at the same time finding out this guy ain’t who he said he is.”
For most though, there’s memories of a good teammate. And in hindsight, one they knew was a tad different.
“Not a lot of college students walk around in slippers and a house robe drinking coffee." Former Texas wide receiver Mike Adams said.
“It’s 7 o’clock in the morning and it’s Ron brewing coffee and he’d be down there reading the newspaper.” Allen said.
There were rumors about Weaver’s motivation. Perhaps a tell all book about Texas Football, but nothing was ever published. More than 20 years later, it’s a story about someone who didn’t want the dream to end -- even if that meant going 10 steps too far.
“I really can’t say that I blame him. I mean he fell through the cracks, broke a couple federal laws and just kind of did what he had to do to get in the scene again and play football.” Adams said.
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