While there was some positive news in December for the Texas Longhorn football program – including their third Big 12 Conference title and their second trip to the national championship in five years – there have also been some foul-ups leading up to the big game in Pasadena on January 7, 2010. Let’s review the latest and greatest from Austin.
DB Marcus Davis To Transfer
Arrested earlier this season for driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, Davis had been suspended by head coach Mack Brown indefinitely until the legal process had run its course. In December, Davis voiced his decision to transfer, and has been released from the program. He has not yet declared where he will transfer. Davis played in five games this season as a back-up defensive back and on special teams. He totaled four tackles, two on special teams, but hadn’t registered on the stat sheet since September.
WR Brandon Collins Arrested; Kicked Off Team
Collins, who was supposed to be part of the upcoming wide receiver leadership for the Longhorns in 2009, has been suspended since the beginning of the season due to lack of progress against his degree. While he had still been practicing with the team, the NCAA did not reinstate his eligibility throughout the course of the season. Only days ago, Collins was arrested in Pflugerville, Texas, driving a car that was part of an armed robbery outside a fast-food establishment, where apparently Collins and the other suspects were trying to buy marijuana. Charged with two felony counts, Collins – who did not travel with the team to Pasadena – has been dismissed from the football team.
HS Phenom WR Commits to Texas
On a more positive note, Fort Worth Dunbar wide receiver Darius White, ranked as the #1 WR on ESPN’s top 150 recruiting board and #9 overall, verbally committed to Texas at the Under Armor All-American game on January 2. At 6’3” and 195 pounds, White has the potential to come to Austin and make an immediate impact at his position with the departure of senior Jordan Shipley. White becomes Texas’ 22nd commitment for 2010, it’s first 5-star recruit in the class, and the 13th commitment from the ESPNU 150 list in a class loaded with defensive talent.