Preaching toughness and discipline, new Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong has followed through with the first dismissals of his tenure, as senior fullback Chet Moss and senior safety Leroy Scott have been dismissed from the team, according to a release from the school on Sunday.
Both are no longer members of the team because of unspecified violations of team rules.
The departure of Moss was hardly a surprise, as the Cedar Park product failed to contribute in a meaningful way during his three years in the program after making the move to fullback from linebacker during his freshman season. The 6'2, 242-pounder was credited with three tackles during the 2013 season on special teams, but those all came in the first four games -- Moss was one of the culprits for at-times poor special teams play last fall, especially on kickoff coverage and kickoff returns.
He also ran afoul of the previous coaching staff, as he was suspended for the Texas Tech game for another unspecified violation of team rules.
Scott, on the other hand, was a contender for the starting strong safety role. A cornerback out of South Houston, Scott had been one of the top targets at the position for the Longhorns throughout the cycle, but signed with Texas in the 2011 class as a three-star prospect.
The reasons for Scott not playing much at safety last season were not as apparent as they were with Moss. The 5'10, 193-pound Scott flashed at times on special teams, finishing third on the team in tackles in that phase with six, recovering three fumbles, and generally making plays when he actually did get playing time at defensive back, as he did against New Mexico State, Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Baylor.
Both members of the 2011 class that has produced starters like Quandre Diggs, Jaxon Shipley, and Cedric Reed, Moss and Scott represent the first two departures from the class for disciplinary reasons. Offensive tackle Josh Cochran retired from football due to shoulder injuries, defensive tackle Quincy Russell never made it to campus, and the future of offensive lineman Garrett Greenlea is in doubt following a medical redshirt season, but otherwise the group has avoided the type of attrition that defined the 2009 and 2010 classes.