Yet another young Texas Longhorns player has found himself on the wrong side of the law, bringing the total up to three arrests in less than three months for Texas.
This time it was another young wide receiver ending up behind bars. Kendall Sanders was arrested in College Station of all places by the Texas A&M Aggies university police department. The sophomore arrived at the Brazos County Detention Center around 5:10 a.m. Saturday and was charged with driving while intoxicated. He was released on a $3,000 bond at 7:43 a.m. the same day. The fact that Sanders is only 18 years of age will likely further complicate the matter for the young man.
This arrest impacts the Texas football team both on and off the field. As has been publicized, Texas is looking thin at the WR position and Sanders was thought to be one of the players who could compete for the third WR slot in August, especially after making some nice grabs in the Texas spring game. Now the ‘Horns are even more short-handed at wide out than before, which could push head coach Mack Brown to pull the trigger on what some have suggested to be a good idea and move QB Jalen Overstreet to WR.
When he came to Texas, Overstreet likely didn’t desire to become the next John Chiles but he would be an excellent asset for Texas in that role. If Overstreet was used as a WR he could utilize his blinding speed and turn short passes into big gains. He would also be a great pick to run the Wild Horn, which would help minimize the risk of injury for RB Johnathan Gray.
The bigger issue comes off the field, however. To rack up this many arrests in such a short amount of time really puts a spotlight on the program, and not in a good way. The arrests, coupled with the bevy of other disciplinary issues that have popped up in the Texas athletics department, only magnify the image of Texas as a university that is losing control of its athletics programs.
The only option that I see is for Brown to make an example out of Sanders and give him the boot. Wide receiver Cayleb Jones was arrested for felony assault less than a month ago, and Brown’s response, which was appropriate at the time, was to suspend Jones from all football activities until after the criminal investigation is concluded. Sanders’ underage DWI may not be as bad as a felony assault, but the time has come for Brown to send a message to his players. Texas football players need to know that there will be severe consequences when they break the law and violate team rules.
I don’t expect Brown to actually kick Sanders off the team, but something has to change within the football program and it needs to change soon. Texas does not want to earn a reputation as a university where players frequently break the law and get nothing more than a slap on the wrist. The Longhorns cannot allow themselves to be a dirty program.
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