Taylor to Transfer from Texas

Mack Brown confirmed Tuesday that Texas running back Ramonce Taylor will transfer to another school. Taylor, who was dismissed from the team earlier this year because of academic problems, was charged with possession of over four pounds of marijuana on May 15th and had not officially been reinstated to the team.

KANSAS CITY -- RB Ramonce Taylor will transfer from The University of Texas, head coach Mack Brown announced Tuesday during the Big 12 Football Media Conference in Kansas City.

"Ramonce has decided to transfer," Brown confirmed, "and we first want to thank him for all he's done at the University of Texas and wish him good luck."

Taylor was "excused" from the Longhorn program in early March for academic reasons and was charged with possession of "less than four pounds" of marijuana (a state felony) in mid-May. Taylor has denied that the substance, discovered in a bag in the trunk of his vehicle following a late-night altercation at a Bell County pecan farm, was his. There were two other passengers in the vehicle with Taylor at the time of his arrest, according to police reports.

While Brown's statement was brief and did not reveal where Taylor might transfer, RB Selvin Young had more to say about his former teammate. Young hinted that Taylor, who would have been a junior at Texas this season, might opt for the NFL Draft.

"Inside the locker room and on the field, he's really loved," Young said. "He had so much passion for the game. He shows it. He doesn't hold anything back. That's the type of person I love to play football with. At the college level, with all the rules, maybe some people don't feel like they're smart enough. I can't explain his off-the-field issues but, once you get on the field, he's a guy that I would love to have on the field with me. To lose that kind of guy is difficult for me, personally, because I feel he was real good person. We hung out often. He does a lot of positive things.

"It's just that, every now and then, he gets around some guys from where he's from and it's difficult. Some guys you grew up with your whole life are doing things and you go home and those guys are doing a whole lot of crazy things. It's hard to walk away from it. Even if you are walking away from it, a guy gets in the car with you that's your friend, you don't want to pat your friends down and ask 'What do you have in your pocket? What do you have in your bag?' It's difficult being a football player and having the eyes on you, and everything. But he's good guy and I wish him the best. I feel like he's going to be playing in the pros real soon."

What does Taylor's transfer mean for the 2006 Longhorns?

"It means more carries for the rest of the backs," Young concluded.

On Tuesday, UT also released an official statement from Ramonce Taylor regarding his decision to transfer:

"I've come to the decision to leave The University of Texas. I'd like to thank the staff, coaches and my teammates for all the support and the opportunity to play for the No. 1 team in the nation.

"Frederick Douglass once said, 'No struggle, no progress.' I've had my share of struggles and now it's time for progress.

"I want to thank my teammates who supported me through any struggle. I will be supporting all of them as they go for back-to-back National Championships. They will always have a special place in my heart.

"I also need to thank coach Brown for always being honest and never changing. He always treated me as a person first and not just a football player. I'll always respect him for that."

Taylor started three games in 2005 in a season, recording 513 yards and 12 TDs, in a season where no Texas RB logged more than four starts. He also set a new school record in 2005 for kickoff return average when he was good for 27 return yards on 26 attempts.

All indications are that Young will trot out onto the field with the first team during the September 2 season-opener against North Texas, even though sophomore Jamaal Charles led all Longhorn RBs with 878 yards and 11 TDs on the way to Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Charles also joined Oklahoma RB Adrian Peterson as the Big 12 media's choice as preseason First-Team All-Conference recipients. A slimmed-down Henry Melton is expected to be an every-down back this season. Young said he was also impressed with what he was seen in the two freshman RBs, Vondrell McGee and Antwan Cobb, during voluntary summer workouts

Players officially report on August 6 and preseason practices begin Monday, August 7.

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