Another member of the 2018 Texas Longhorns football team has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to 247Sports, as kicker Joshua Rowland apparently intends to become a graduate transfer and pursue a new destination for his final season of eligibility.
The 5’11, 205-pounder saw action in one game during the 2018 season, attempting an on-side kick late in the loss to Oklahoma State in late October. In a pregame ceremony before the final home game against Iowa State in November, Rowland was one of 26 seniors honored by the Longhorns.
As a junior college transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, Rowland committed to the Longhorns shortly after head coach Tom Herman’s arrival in late 2016 following a solid sophomore season that produced offers from UTSA and several FCS programs.
After enrolling early, Rowland won the starting job, but struggled during his junior season, missing the first two attempts of his career and eventually finishing 2018 by hitting 11-of-18 attempts. Whether it was from long distance — Rowland went 3-of-8 from more than 40 yards — or from short range — Rowland went 2-of-4 from between 20 and 29 yards — he just wasn’t consistent.
Eventually, Mitchell Becker handled extra points against Kansas and West Virginia before Rowland made his only field-goal attempt against Missouri in the Texas Bowl.
During Rowland’s senior season, freshman kicker Cameron Dicker quickly won the starting job and never relinquished it, leading to Rowland’s redshirt season and opportunity to play elsewhere to finish his career.