The football career of former Texas Longhorns linebacker Cameron Townsend might not be over after all — according to a report from Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Townsend plans to transfer and has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to Joe Cook of Inside Texas.
A 6’1, 215-pounder, Townsend ended his Longhorns career last November when he participated in Senior Night ceremonies before receiving his degree in Health Promotion and Behavior Science in December, then declined to work out at the Texas Pro Day in March. Instead, he’ll try to continue his football career elsewhere as a graduate transfer, with one of year of immediate eligibility.
A consensus four-star prospect in the 2015 class, Townsend was ranked as a top-20 outside linebacker nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. However, he never seriously competed for playing time at Texas, redshirting before mostly playing on special teams. As a redshirt sophomore, Townsend played in two games, then appeared in seven games in 2018, recording two tackles.
Townsend generated the biggest headlines of his career when he was briefly moved to running back during spring practice in 2018 due to injuries and head coach Tom Herman’s frustration with the poor ball security of the healthy running backs. Townsend didn’t appear in the Orange-White game, however, after suffering an ankle sprain just days after moving to running back.