Texas may want to start holding some open auditions for wide receiver before the season gets started. A hamstring injury will cost senior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley some practice time. There is no determination on when he might return to practice.
“Shipley has a hamstring pull, don’t know the timetable on that,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said Wednesday, per ESPN.com. “I don’t think it’s very severe. We’ll try to get him back as quickly as possible.”
Texas is now experiencing some serious depth concerns at the position, as if they were not already apparent. Strong has dismissed two receivers this offseason (Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander) and suspended another (Daje Johnson). Marcus Johnson has not been suspended or dismissed, but is recovering from some minor surgery on his nose. Other receivers still eligible and available for the Longhorns include senior John Harris and sophomore Jacorey Warrick. Harris had five catches last season for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Warrick did not record any offensive stats last fall.
“Warrick is getting a lot of work and Harris is getting a lot of work,” Strong said, again via ESPN.com. “With five freshmen, it gives us a chance to look at them too.”
I guess there is a bright side to this circumstance and situation in Austin. Younger players will get more opportunities, which can only benefit them and Texas later down the line.
As Texas opens fall camp, new head coach Charlie Strong took some time to confirm the latest decisions regarding player suspensions and dismissals that have been thrown under a spotlight in recent weeks. Strong formally announced the suspensions of offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, wide receiver Daje Johnson and safety Josh Turner, but did not reveal how much time will be taken away from them except to say they “will miss games.”
Turner had been previously thought to have been dismissed but ultimately remained with the program before following through on a potential transfer. Bergeron’s dismissal came in late July. Strong then confirmed some dismissal news that had previously been reported. Running backs Joe Bergeron and Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins have all been released from scholarships. In addition, wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were once again confirmed to have been released from their scholarships by Texas, following a sexual assault investigation. the two receivers were initially suspended by the team.
Strong’s tough approach to discipline has been praised by Texas president Bill Powers and is having an overall positive impact on the future of the Longhorns football program. Texas needed a bit of a kick in the butt as a football program, and Strong continues to deliver it with a steel-toe boot.
A pair of Texas wide receivers was reportedly charged for felony sexual assault Thursday. Arrests for Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander are currently pending. The two have already been suspended by Texas.
The felony sexual assault charges are considered second-degree in nature and stem from an incident that took place earlier this week, according to The Austin American-Statesman. Sanders also faces an additional charge for what is being reported as improper photography. Bail for each has been set at $75,000 for Meander and $95,000 for Sanders ($75,000 for each and an additional $20,000 for the improper photography charge to Sanders).
According to police records acquired by The Austin American-Statesman, University of Texas police found an alleged victim crying under a desk with no shoes. The victim claims to have agreed to consensual sex with Meander, but Sanders knocked on a door and was let in by Meander. At that time, the alleged victim claims, Sanders began to force himself on the alleged victim. When Meander returned to the room, the alleged victim claims both Texas receivers continued to “forcibly” penetrate the victim. After seeing what was believed to be a camera flash, the alleged victim got dressed and left. University of Texas police was notified of the incident early Monday morning and began investigating quickly.
Texas head coach Charlie Strong issued a statement regarding the suspensions.
Sanders has been in legal trouble before at Texas. He was suspended from the 2013 season opener following a DUI charge. He started seven games last season for the Longhorns, finishing the year third on the Longhorns in receiving yards with 361 yards and a touchdown. Sanders was also used on special teams, with 10 kickoff returns over 12 games. Meander is a redshirt freshman after sitting out the 2013 season.