Texas junior receiver Daje Johnson, senior offensive tackle Desmond Harrison and junior offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle all face suspension for violation of team rules and are down to their last strike, sources told HornsDigest.com.
“Those three still have a chance,” one source told HD.
But it appears Texas coach Charlie Strong is not turning back on dismissals to senior running back Joe Bergeron, senior safety Josh Turner, backup safety Chevoski Collins and backup running back Jalen Overstreet, multiple sources told HD.
When asked for comment, Texas officials will not confirm or deny any of the disciplinary action. Nothing has been made official by Texas or Strong.
HD reported last week that a random drug test was recently administered to a group of players on the team.
It’s unclear how much of the discipline handed out by Strong in the last week - the four dismissals (Bergeron, Turner, Collins and Overstreet) and possible suspensions to Johnson, Harrison and Estelle - are tied to that drug test.
Sources said all of the players in question were told that Strong was watching them closely dating back to February, when they were part of a group pulled aside and told that their attitude and/or behavior had to change.
As part of that conversation, players were told they’d be subject to more random drug tests, sources said.
At Texas, the policy for failed drug tests is as follows:
First failed test – the athletic director notifies the student-athlete without the coach knowing.
Second failed drug test – the coach and parents are notified.
Third failed drug test – discipline, including dismissal from the team, can be administered.
It appears that all the dismissed players signed their scholarship renewal forms by July 1, which means they would remain on scholarship through the 2014-15 school year even if they are off the team. Scholarships are year-to-year agreements between the student-athlete and the school.
Two receivers - Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander - are suspended indefinitely after being charged with sexual assault stemming from an alleged rape in the San Jacinto Residence Hall (Meander's dorm room) on June 21.
Sanders faces an additional charge of improper photography.
Sanders, a projected starter, and Meander, a backup, are both subject to an internal student judicial review conducted by the university following the charges.
In the spring, Strong dismissed FB Chet Moss and S Leroy Scott.
Senior linebacker Kendall Thompson is walking away from football for medical reasons (concussions).