In an announcement certain to come as a complete surprise — and likely, shock — to those who follow the Texas Longhorns football program closely, senior defensive tackle Ashton Dorsey has announced his intention to transfer away from the program.
Given Dorsey is a senior and in his final year of NCAA eligibility, he can only play at a lower level within the NCAA — presumably, in his case, either for an FCS program or at the Division II level — but could not play for a Division I program this season.
Dorsey was locked in a competition for the final defensive tackle spot with true freshmen Hasaan Ridgeway and Alex Norman to backup rising star Malcom Brown and was listed behind both on the initial Texas depth chart released early yesterday morning.
The Tyler, Texas native tallied 23 tackles in 2012 in limited action and by most accounts never quite reached the potential and promise which followed him to the Forty Acres with the 2009 recruiting class, which in hindsight, turned out to be one of the more disappointing in recent Longhorns history.
Dorsey’s departure certainly means additional playing time for freshmen Ridgeway and Norman, and could even mean a new necessity for established returners Chris Whaley and Desmond Jackson to play out of position on occasion to provide additional depth at a position that will be vital to the resurgence of the Texas defense in 2013 after some struggles last season.
As additional details become available on Dorsey’s decision to transfer, we’ll provide any updates we receive.