Sophomore wide receiver Cayleb Jones has elected to transfer, Texas announced Wednesday night. Jones, an Austin native who graduated from Austin High School, was given an unconditional release by Texas.
"We've really enjoyed being a part of the Texas program," Robert Jones, Cayleb Jones' father, said in a press release Wednesday evening. "We've talked about the situation as a family and we think it's best for Cayleb to get a fresh start and transfer to another school."
As a freshman in 2012, Jones played as a backup receiver in 11 games and finished the season with one 10-yard run and two receptions totaling 35 yards.
"Cayleb is looking for a fresh start," Texas head coach Mack Brwon said in a press release Wednesday. "We understand that and are appreciative of everything he did for Texas. We will support him as he moves forward and wish him the best of luck in the future."
Cayleb Jones was suspended in June after an incident in downtown Austin. Jones allegedly punched fellow Longhorn Joseph Swaysland, a tennis player who was dating Khat Bell, a volleyball player who had been in a previous relationship with Jones. Swaysland, a junior, had a fractured jaw.
Jones was originally charged with felony assault, but the charge were dropped to a misdemeanor this spring. He was suspended indefinitely from the team, but when the charges were reduced, Jones was only suspended for the 2013 fall opener against New Mexico State.
Two wide receivers were reinstated to the football team Jun. 3 after being arrested in separate incidents during the spring semester.
Cayleb Jones was charged with felony aggravated assault in February and was suspended in mid-march, but the charges were later lessened to a misdemeanor. Last season he had two catches for 35 yards as a true freshman.
Kendall Sanders, also a sophomore, was arrested in April for driving while intoxicated. He had two catches for 15 yards last season.
Both were expected to start this season and help to fill the gap left by Marquise Goodwin in the wide receiver position.
The pair will miss the season opener against New Mexico State on Aug. 31, but otherwise can participate in all team activities.
Texas wide receiver Cayleb Jones’ felony charge was dismissed and will be reduced to a misdemeanor to be tried by the county attorney, according to officials from the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and the Travis County Attorney’s Office.
Jones punched UT tennis player Joey Swaysland on Feb. 22 outside a downtown nightclub after confronting Swaysland and UT volleyball player Khat Bell, according to police. The blow fractured Swaysland’s jaw. Jones was charged with felony aggravated assault on March 12, a criminal offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Bell told police she had previously been in a relationship with Jones, who had threatened Swaysland before and was jealous of Bell seeing other men — specifically Swaysland.
According to Nick Valdez, an official at the district attorney’s office, the case was dismissed as a felony and submitted as a reduction to the county attorney’s office on April 12.
Corby Holcomb, assistant director for the trial division at the county attorney’s office, said the county attorney will examine the case and decide whether to prosecute after the case is filed. As of now, the case has not been filed.
“Nothing will happen for a while,” Holcomb said.
At a hearing at the 167th Criminal District Court on Monday morning, the case was reset for May 20. Valdez said the reset is misleading due to a lag between computer systems at the two offices, calling the reset “insignificant” because the decision to prosecute is out of the district attorney’s hands.
UT head football coach Mack Brown issued a statement saying Jones will not participate in team activities until his charges are finalized.
“We are aware of Cayleb’s situation and disappointed any time one of our players is accused of wrongdoing,” Brown said. “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.”
Jones’ attorney Rickey Durante Jones could not be reached for comment.
UT wide receiver Cayleb Jones’ felony charge was dismissed and will be reduced to a misdemeanor to be tried by the county attorney according to Nick Valdez, an official at the District Attorney’s office.
Corby Holcomb, assistant director for the trial division at the County attorney’s office, said the county attorney will examine the case and decide whether to prosecute after the case is filed. As of now, the case has not been filed. Holcomb said “nothing will happen for a while.”
According to police, Jones punched UT tennis player Joseph Swaysland on Feb. 22 outside a downtown nightclub after confronting Swaysland and UT volleyball player Katherine Bell. The blow fractured Swaysland’s jaw. Jones was charged with an an “aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury" on March 12 – a criminal offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Bell told police she had previously been in a relationship with Jones, who had threatened Swaysland before and was jealous of Bell seeing other men – specifically Swaysland.
Rickey Durante Jones – Jones’s attorney – could not be reached for comment.
Rising sophomore wide receiver Cayleb Jones has been suspended after being charged with aggravated assault, according to multiple reports.
HornsNation reported that Jones was charged with assaulting Joey Swaysland, a sophomore tennis player at Texas, and fracturing his jaw at a bar downtown on Feb. 22 at 1:50 a.m. Jones and volleyball player Khat Bell had dated but the relationship apparently did not end well and Bell, according to court documents, said Jones became angry and jealous when she began talking to Swaysland.
In Texas, someone convicted of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, can serve a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
"We are aware of Cayleb's situation and disappointed any time one of our players is accused of wrongdoing," head coach Mack Brown said in a statement released Tuesday. "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."
He becomes the fourth Texas football player to get in trouble with the law in the last four months. Case McCoy and Jordan Hicks were arrested Dec. 28, a day before the Longhorns' Alamo Bowl win over Oregon State, on allegations of sexually assaulting a woman in San Antonio. No charges were filed against McCoy and Hicks. Connor Brewer was arrested for public intoxication Feb. 3. A warrant has been issued for Jones' arrest.
Before this incident, Jones was a leading candidate to replace Marquise Goodwin as the Longhorns' third starting wide receiver behind Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley. A 6-foot, 200-pound wideout from Austin High, Jones made two catches for 25 yards last season.
This article was edited after its original posting. No charges were filed against Hicks and McCoy. Jones has not been arrested. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.