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Texas WR Bryant Jackson retires, LB Aaron Benson gives up football

The attrition count now sits at four for Texas this week.


With the start of spring practice on Tuesday for the Texas Longhorns came the news that two more players will not be a part of the team in 2014.

According to the school, senior wide receiver Bryant Jackson has retired from football due to medical reasons and senior linebacker Aaron Benson is on track to graduate and has given up football.

Senior safety Leroy Scott and senior fullback Chet Moss were dismissed from the team on Sunday for unspecified violations of team rules.

A member of the 2010 recruiting class, Jackson played in 21 career games for Texas after moving from defensive back to wide receiver following his redshirt season in 2010. After contributing on special teams in 2011, Jackson played in all 13 games in the 2012 seeing, seeing action again on special teams and contributing seven tackles in that phase, good for fourth on the team.

Jackson also played as a reserve wide receiver and made eight catches, averaging 17.5 yards per reception, making him a dark horse contender to step into a more significant role in 2013. Unfortunately for Jackson, he suffered a foot injury in fall camp that sidelined him for the entire season and eventually ended his career.

Benson never managed to contribute in any significant capacity, but there weren't really any signs that Benson wouldn't pan out as a prospect when he signed -- he was rated as the No. 21 player in the state, the No. 155 player nationally, and the No. 11 outside linebacker. His scouting report by Rivals pegged him as an early-impact player on special teams, a three-year starter, and a four-year contributor.

Instead, the Cedar Hill product has only managed to play in 14 games over his career, registering two tackles during that time. The impact on special teams never happened and Benson has been repeatedly passed by younger players on the depth chart.

The 2010 class featured 19 four-star prospects, a number that included both Jackson and Benson, but with their departures, the Horns have now officially missed on nearly half of those four-star prospects.