The Texas Longhorns wide receivers room took a big hit on Tuesday when WR Jake Smith entered the NCAA’s transfer portal.
Smith missed the vast majority of the spring with a foot injury he suffered early in camp, but he was expected to be a big part of the offense under new head coach Steve Sarkisian. When healthy. Smith played an important role in the Texas offense. He ends his Longhorns career with 48 catches for 568 yards and nine scores over two seasons in Austin.
Smith was projected to be a starter in Sarkisian’s offense, working out of the slot, but he now joins the list of players who have opted to leave the program since the firing of Tom Herman last year. Other players who have left UT and entered the transfer portal include linebacker Juwan Mitchell, tight end Malcolm Epps, and running back Keaontay Ingram, among others.
This news is an even bigger blow considering the legal issues the Texas wide receivers room is dealing with this week. Freshman Keithron Lee was arrested on assault charges earlier this week. The allegations of assault are against a family member and on Tuesday, Steve Sarkisian suspended Lee from the Texas football program.