Shead elects to transfer

Texas has had its second defection is less than a week.

This time Traylon Shead has decided to leave the program. He has not yet decided where he will go.

Just five days ago, wide receiver Chris Jones asked for and was given his release.

For Shead, like Jones, the motivation was playing time. The redshirt freshman was brought to Texas as a running back. With the emergence of freshmen Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron, it became evident that Shead was not going to get time in the backfield.

In fact, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound player from Cayuga was working with the tight ends during practice and there was some thought he would fill the H-back role. Clearly that was not a role Shead was interested in filling, as he asked for and was granted an unconditional release.

"This was a great experience for me, I just know that sometimes things don't work out, and I think it's in my best interest to get a fresh start,’’ Shead said in a release. "I'll still be rooting for Texas, and I hope they win the rest of their games and go to a great bowl game and win that. I just want to thank everyone who has anything to do with the program for supporting me over the past few years."

Shead was a U.S. Army All-American player in 2010. He finished at Cayuga as the state's all-time leader in career TDs (141) and was second all-time in rushing yards (10,291).

"We appreciate the effort and work Traylon put in during his time here," coach Mack Brown said in a release. "He's a great young man, and we understand his decision in wanting a better opportunity to play. We wish him the best of luck in the future and hope he finds great success."

Texas has had four players transfer since the start of fall camp. All four said they were transferring in search of playing time.