Mason Rudolph hasn't denied the banal allegation he made last week while attending his father's funeral in North Carolina that Texas All-American defensive end Myles Garrett used a racial slur during a student section speech at the Orange Bowl college football game last December.

Coach Tom Herman and Texas Athletics Director Mike Perrin said last week they were unaware of the alleged incident.

But after interviewing Rudolph and Garrett, the Houston Chronicle published a story on Saturday night that quotes Rudy as saying, "I just had to close my eyes. I'm not going to say it was a choice, but I almost blacked out. It was the language that they were using. It could've been a lot worse."

Rudolph spoke with the newspaper by phone.

Garrett was strongly criticized by some people on social media for using a racial slur during a speech in a section of the student section after Texas beat Clemson. Texas led 17-3 with five minutes to play.

Rudolph went on to say, "Those words mean nothing to me. My intentions were never to offend anybody. They were words that were thrown out there to shock the crowd. It wasn't directed at him. It wasn't directed at anybody. They're not who I am."

It was the second incident in three years at the Bowl Subdivision level involving an African American player who was accused of using a racial slur toward another African American player. Former Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly was accused of using the N-word in a rant after Alabama defeated the Rebels, 28-21, in 2017. Kelly denied using the word.

Rudolph is considered the nation's No. 2 quarterback prospect in the 2020 class, but the New Mexico all-star game might be where he's doing most of his work on overcoming his grief.

Rudolph says he knows who made the comments but declined to elaborate.