Thanks to the wonders of the American judicial system, the door for Cayleb Jones remaining a member of the Texas Longhorns has been kicked open another inch or two.
Arrested in mid-March on a felony assault charge, the UT wide receiver has seen that charge reduced to a misdemeanor. The reduced charge was filed to the county attorney’s office on April 12, the Dallas Morning News among others reports.
Jones allegedly broke the jaw of a man — identified as UT tennis player Joseph Swaysland — who was dating a UT volleyball player, a female who Jones had a prior relationship as well that ended badly.
“We looked at it and don’t believe it fits the definition of serious bodily injury,” Travis County assistant district attorney Gary Cobb told the Austin American-Statesman. “There is bodily injury, but it doesn’t meet the legal definition (for a felony).”
Shortly after the charge was made public, Jones was indefinitely suspended by head coach Mack Brown. There’s been no comment from the football program on any change in Jones’ status.
While Jones had just two receptions for 35 yards as a true freshman last season, he was viewed as a viable contender for a starting job entering the spring. At the least, he was expected to see an increased workload in the regular season. Now, depending on how the legal situation continues to play out, Jones could still be looking at multi-game suspension, provided he even remains on the team.
A four-star member of the Longhorns’ 2012 recruiting class, Jones was rated as the No. 5 receiver in the country, the No. 7 player in the state of Texas and the No. 41 player in the nation at any position.