Update: Jones allegedly punched tennis player Joseph Swaysland over an argument regarding Swaysland’s relationship with volleyball player Khat Bell, whom he once dated.
According to several reports this afternoon, Texas Longhorns sophomore wide receiver Cayleb Jones was allegedly involved in an altercation with a Texas tennis player in which he fractured the player’s jaw. Jones has been charged with felony aggravated assault and details are pending.
The following tweets from two well known Texas sources broke just a few minutes ago:
If indeed the crime is considered a felony when adjudicated, Jones could be history before he ever had a chance to prove what he could do in extended action for Texas this fall — given he was assumed to be the front-runner to see the majority of snaps as the team’s third receiver.
Jones was highly-coveted out of Austin High in the 2011 recruiting class and never really considered any other programs than Texas. Beyond that, he had a strong reputation both personally and as a quality student prior to arriving on the Forty Acres.
It just goes to show, once again, that we can never assume what these young men are made of and how they will react in situations that provide them with adversity to deal with.
While it seems passe, it’s necessary to discuss how the face of the wide receiver race could change for Texas should Jones be dismissed from the team. Nominally, Kendall Sanders and Bryant Jackson would be most likely to take up the slack left with Jones no longer in the picture.
Sanders has impressed the Texas coaching staff so far this spring with his advanced athleticism and big play capability, but he appeared in little action in 2012 and will be raw at best and jittery at worst if given this advanced of a role.
Jackson caught eight passes for 140 yards in 2012 and could rise above Sanders in a man-to-man competition for additional playing time, but neither provides the upside of Jones who by many accounts was starting to breakthrough this spring with his understanding of the Texas offense finally rising to meet his natural route running and ball skills.
Regardless, it’s another unfortunate incident for a Texas program that has plenty of grey clouds looming with the rumors surrounding the pending investigation into the termination of former track and field coach Bev Kearney and her allegation of rampant sexual misconduct in the athletic department.
We’ll update the Cayleb Jones situation as new details arise.