Linebacker Deoundrei Davis is no longer on the football team, according to reports Friday afternoon. Davis, a redshirt freshman from Cypress, spent last year sidelined to finish rehab for a high school knee injury. He was the only player not to receive medical clearance as of July 22 and has never played nor suited up for a game.
While there is no determination whether Davis was dismissed from the team or left on his own, he becomes the eighth player gone from the program since head coach Charlie Strong took the helms. Strong, vowing to “put the T back in Texas,” says he holds his players to a high moral standard and expects them to respect women, avoid drugs, stealing, guns and always profess honesty.
“We have 85 guys on scholarship,” Strong said this summer. “If you look at it and 80 of them are doing it the right way, why can’t the rest of them?”
Dating back to the spring, these standards led to the dismissals of senior fullback Chet Moss, senior safety Leroy Scott, senior running back Joe Bergeron, sophomore running back Jalen Overstreet and redshirt freshman safety Chevoski Collins. Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were also dismissed pending sexual assault charges and currently await trial.
Wednesday, starting offensive tackles Kennedy Estelle and Desmond Harrison were also suspended for this week’s match against BYU for violation of team rules.
Officials have yet to specify a reason for Davis’ dismissal.