Suspended Cayleb Jones transfers from Texas

Cooper Neill

The curse on Texas wide receivers wearing the No. 4 jersey continues.

After a summer of rumors and speculation, Texas Longhorns sophomore wide receiver Cayleb Jones has elected to transfer, according to a release from the school.

His parents confirmed the news and his father, Robert, a former NFL linebacker, issued the following statement:

We want to thank coach Brown, coach Wyatt and all of the staff for everything they've done for Cayleb and our family. We've really enjoyed being a part of the Texas program, but we've talked about the situation as a family, and we think it's best for Cayleb to get a fresh start and transfer to another school. We know he will miss his teammates and playing for the Longhorns, but we believe this move is in his best interest.

The status of Jones had been up in the air for the entire summer after reports surfaced that he was suspended from school because of the assault charge that was filed against him in March after he allegedly punched a Texas tennis player who was dating Jones' ex-girlfriend, a charge that was dropped from a felony to a misdemeanor during the spring. He had also been suspended for the first game against New Mexico State for the incident.

At one time a five-star prospect at Austin High, Jones fell in the rankings towards the end of the process after some struggles at major events like The Opening and the Under Armour game and didn't see the field much as a freshman, catching two passes for 35 yards and carrying the ball once for 10 yards. His most impressive catches came out of bounds.

But even though Jones didn't contribute much during his first season on campus, he was expected to be a big part of the offense in 2013 because of his excellent hands and ball skills that made him a prime candidate to become a complementary deep threat to senior Mike Davis. And with a smallish wide receiver corps, especially among the top several players, Jones could have earned playing time with his blocking ability as new play caller Major Applewhite runs more run/pass options that require strong efforts on the perimeter from his wide receivers.

Now, Jones will be looking for another place to land surrounded by legal troubles and questions about his maturity level, the third straight Texas wide receiver who wore the No. 4 jersey to transfer, joining Dan Buckner and Darius White.

Perhaps it's time to reserve that jersey number for big wide receivers who actually produce on the field.

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