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Cayleb Jones incident could have big impact on Texas Longhorns offense

Brett Davis: USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns received some bad news yesterday with word that sophomore wide receiver, Cayleb Jones, had been charged with aggravated assault after throwing a punch and breaking the jaw of Longhorn tennis player Joey Swaysland. Reports say that Jones grew angry when he saw the tennis player talking to his ex-girlfriend and the MVP of the national championship Texas volleyball team, Kat Bell. Both Bell and Jones went together to football strength and conditioning coach Bennie Wylie immediately after the incident.

Head coach Mack Brown issued the following statement about the incident:

We are aware of Cayleb’s situation and disappointed any time one of our players is accused of wrongdoing. We have talked with Cayleb and his family, and he has been suspended from all team activities pending the completion of the legal process. Any further action will be handled at the conclusion of the legal process.

Though it’s not clear what Jones’ punishment will be, both legally and in regards to his standing on the football team, the potential loss of the receiver–be it for the remainder of the spring, a few games, or even the entire season–will have a big impact on the offense heading into the fall.

With the Longhorns moving back to a spread offense, they are expected to rely much more heavily on their wide receivers. As of now, there are only two proven players at the position: senior Mike Davis and junior Jaxon Shipley. Beyond those two, Texas is still looking for others to step up and many felt that Cayleb Jones would be the player most likely to break out this season.

Fellow sophomore receivers Kendall Sanders and Marcus Johnson have been making a lot of noise this spring and are expected to see a lot of time this fall. Regardless, this young receiving corps really needs Jones, who has been receiving lots of praise as well this spring, and it would be a big blow to the offense if he is forced to miss an extended amount of time.

First things first though: Jones has far more important issues that he needs to take care of and that, for now, should be his primary focus.