Three Longhorns Hang 'Em Up

Three fifth-year seniors elected to hang up their cleats rather than play their final seasons.

Texas announced that OG Thomas Ashcraft, TE Trey Graham and DT Kyle Kriegel have chosen to pass on their remaining football eligibility, rather than play in the 2013 season. All three players have either already graduated, or will graduate this spring.

None of the three were expected to play a huge role in 2013.

Ashcraft never could find his way into a crowded guard lineup, and when Texas needed to replace injured Trey Hopkins for the Alamo Bowl, the Longhorns held a battle between utility lineman Luke Poehlmann and guard Sedrick Flowers. Poehlmann has graduated, but Flowers would have remained on the team, and with Curtis Riser coming off a redshirt year, Ashcraft would have had to fight to remain as the team's fourth guard.

Graham struggled to overcome injuries during his time on the 40 Acres, and he would have had to battle past Greg Daniels, M.J. McFarland and JUCO signee Geoff Swaim, among others, to see the field at tight end. Kriegel swapped between the offensive and defensive lines, and wasn't ever able to find a spot in the rotation.

For a complete look at the players on scholarship for 2013, and to see how many spots the staff has to work with, take a look at the Texas scholarship board, pinned to the top of the Horns House Premium Board.


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