AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas wide receivers Cayleb Jones and Kendall Sanders have been suspended for the first game of the season against New Mexico State following separate run-ins with the police, Longhorns coach Mack Brown announced Monday afternoon.
Jones, a sophomore, was arrested and initially charged with aggravated assault for hitting Texas tennis player Joey Swaysland in March. Jones' charges were reduced to a misdemeanor. He was suspended from the team at the time of the initial charges. He has since been reinstated to the team but will miss the New Mexico State game.
Sanders, a sophomore, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in the early morning hours of April 7 in Brazos County, Texas.
"We feel like they have gone through a disciplinary action that has not been public, that's in house, and also our policy with football has been that a young man that gets charged with the law misses a ball game in the fall," Brown said.
Jones had two catches for 35 yards as a freshman. Sanders had 15 yards on two catches. Both are expected to contend for a starting position in Texas' three-wide receiver sets. Jones had a strong spring up until the suspension, appearing to have the inside edge on the starting spot. When he was suspended, Sanders stepped up to fill his role. Sanders had one catch for 24 yards in the spring game.
Duke Thomas, a cornerback, was given reps on the offensive side of the ball in the spring and will continue to work out at that position as well as defense in case Texas needs depth at the wide receiver spot.