Hayter to transfer

Junior RB <B>Kenny Hayter</B>, after slipping down the depth chart over the last year from the No. 2 spot he once occupied, will transfer, UT announced Monday afternoon.

"I have enjoyed my experience at The University of Texas and have the utmost respect for the program and coaches, but I think it is in my best interest at this time to transfer," Hayter said in a statement released through UT. "I feel I will have an opportunity to contribute more on the field at another school. I will miss my coaches and teammates and wish them nothing but good luck in the future."

Hayter gained 54 yards in UT's first two-a-days scrimmage last Thursday, but he did so running with essentially the third-team. The back faced an uphill battle for playing time behind starter Victor Ike and spring standout Brett Robin with the August emergence of true freshman Cedric Benson and sophomore Ivan Williams. Hayter did not participate in Saturday's scrimmage and also missed this morning's practice.

After the Horns' Monday morning workout, I asked Mack Brown about Hayter's status. "Kenny has a big test this morning and is thinking about his future," the head coach said. "He's trying to decide whether he wants to stay or transfer and I'm going to talk to him this afternoon. I didn't want him to be out here and looking at a lot of different things with a big final this morning that is important so I'm going to talk to him before practice this afternoon."

Apparently, Hayter has decided his future lies elsewhere despite the fact that Brown said this afternoon that "we encouraged Kenny to stay at UT."

Hayter came to Texas in '99 and played as a true freshman, seeing action in seven games and totaling 113 yards on 33 carries. Last fall, the true sophomore back played in nine games and managed 220 yards on 60 carries.

The Texas coaches always liked Hayter's ability and felt like he had the ability to be the team's full-time tailback, but the Cy-Falls native never stepped up and won the job.

IT's Running Back analysis from earlier this summer tells Hayter's tale:

"He has the ability to be both a power and finesse runner, and he has the vision to find the holes. . . . Those scouting report strengths, so evident in his high school career, have seldom shown themselves in game situations. He averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in his UT career, and his longest run from scrimmage in 93 attempts was a pedestrian 18 yards. Aside from his one flash of brilliance last fall (122 yards on 20 carries against Oklahoma State), he's been more likely to get stopped for no-gain than go for five yards, much less 25. Fumble problems also plagued Hayter. And the fumbles may have led to a more dangerous malady: lack of confidence (both in his mind and in the minds of the coaches). . . . Two-a-days may be his final realistic shot to step up and earn serious playing time.

Unfortunately, he did not.


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