Roughly two months before the start of summer camp, Texas’ depth in the trenches has taken an unexpected hit.
In a release, the Longhorns announced that offensive tackle Paden Kelley has decided to give up football for personal reasons. While the junior’s taking himself away from the football program, he will remain in school and continue to work toward a degree.
“After talking with my family and the UT staff, I have made the decision to take a step back from football in order to focus on family and other priorities in my life outside of athletics,” Kelley said in a statement. “I am abundantly thankful to Coach [Mack] Brown, the rest of the coaches and the team for the tremendous opportunity and experiences I’ve had during my time as a Longhorn, and I look forward to starting a new chapter in my life.”
In the past two seasons, Kelley played in a total of 20 games, including 13 games in 2011. He made one start during his three years with the Longhorns.
“We support Paden in the decision he’s made and understand his reasons,” head coach Mack Brown said. “We appreciate the efforts he’s given in his three years here and wish the best for him in the future.”
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