In early March, Texas wide receiver Cayleb Jones was arrested on charges of felony assault after breaking the jaw of Joseph Swaysland, a Longhorns tennis player. Their fight was reportedly over a girl. He had been suspended for the Longhorns’ season opener against New Mexico State, but instead of suiting up in the burnt orange thereafter, Jones will be looking to play football elsewhere.
The sophomore wideout announced that he will be transferring from the Texas football program.
“We’ve talked to the Jones family and realize this was a very difficult decision,” said coach Mack Brown in a statement. “Cayleb is looking for a fresh start, and we understand that and are appreciative of everything he did for Texas. We will support him as he moves forward and wish him the best of luck in the future.”
Jones’ father, Robert Jones, is a former Dallas Cowboys linebacker. While he did not mention the assault charges specifically, he echoed Brown’s words that his son was perhaps in need of a “fresh start” on another campus.
“We’ve really enjoyed being a part of the Texas program,” Jones said in a statement of his own. “But we’ve talked about the situation as a family and we think it’s best for Cayleb to get a fresh start and transfer to another school.”
Jones has been granted an unconditional release from his scholarship in Austin, meaning he can transfer to any school that will bring him aboard. At this juncture, however, there is no word as to where that may be.
At 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds, Jones played in 12 games as a freshman in 2012. He caught two passes for 35 yards, while also taking one rushing attempt for 10 yards.