After all, Texas returned starters Mike Davis, Marquise Goodwin and Malcolm Williams, had several young players fighting for playing time and brought in a pair of strong true freshmen. But Williams left, and the depth has lost a few more players who were struggling to see playing time. The latest blow to the team's numbers came from Chris Jones, a speed threat from Daingerfield who hadn't been seeing the field.
Jones confirmed his transfer this week, and was granted an unconditional release from his scholarship.
"This was a very tough decision, but I want to get closer to home for personal reasons with my family," Jones said. "I love Texas, and I've been with these guys for two years, and we're family, but things don't always go according to the plan that you make. I'll still text them, joke with them, talk to them and everything we do now. That's never going to stop, because college is where you make lifelong friends and I know I've found mine here. I appreciate everything from my teammates and coaches and I'll always be rooting for them."
Jones redshirted at Texas in 2010. At Daingerfield High School, he was a two-time all-state and two-time first-team all-district selection at wide receiver and as a kick returner. He helped Daingerfield to back-to-back 2A Division II State Championships and a 30-2 record from 2008-09. In that span, he recorded 64 catches for 1,475 yards and 17 TDs and 611 rushing yards and nine TDs.
Jones showed flashes this spring of his considerable ability, but was hampered by nagging injuries. His transfer means that Texas has eight scholarship receivers on roster. All eight are expected to return next year, and Texas has commitments from Cayleb Jones and Thomas Johnson at the position in this recruiting class.
"We appreciate everything Chris has done for the program," head coach Mack Brown said. "He felt he needed to be closer to his family and we understand and respect that. We wish nothing but success for him in the future."