Dorsey To Transfer From Texas

Defensive tackle Ashton Dorsey will transfer out of the Longhorn program for his senior season.

Dorsey's transfer was confirmed by Longhorn coach Mack Brown on Tuesday. For Texas, it's a pretty decent-sized blow to the Longhorns' depth at the position, as Dorsey led all Big 12 defensive tackles in tackles for loss a year ago with 10 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Dorsey played in 30 games over his career, starting six over the last two seasons. He had seven tackles for loss as a sophomore.

Dorsey's career was often marked by inconsistency. He played nine games as a true freshman, and showed glimpses of his massive potential with five different career games of two tackles for loss. But those five games accounted for 10 of his 17 career stops in the backfield, meaning that he had just seven tackles for loss in his other 25 career games. When on, he was arguably the best tackle in the Big 12 conference, and an NFL-level player. But at the same time, Dorsey's shifts in effort convinced the Longhorns to give more starts to Desmond Jackson (11), Chris Whaley (9) and Brandon Moore (5) a year ago than they did him (2). And even after Moore left early for the NFL, sophomore Malcom Brown hopped into the projected starting lineup with Whaley.

As stated above, Dorsey was an enigmatic talent who flashed the potential to be an All-American and a long-time professional. Instead, he leaves Austin just days before the Longhorns' season-opener in what would have been his final collegiate season.

Just Monday, Mack Brown talked with the media, stating that he hoped Dorsey's calf injury, one that pushed Hassan Ridgeway onto the two-deep, would heal up in time. Texas is expected to play five defensive tackles on Saturday, starters Whaley and Brown, backups Jackson and Ridgeway and redshirt freshman Alex Norman.

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