Senior defensive tackle Ashton Dorsey's decision to transfer came as a surprise to most people but, according to Texas head coach Mack Brown, it was a "mutual" one.
"We met with him and felt like it was mutual and best for him," Brown told reporters Wednesday. "It was best for him that he get a new start somewhere else. We're trying to help him go to the place that he wants to go and give him an unconditional release and get him to move forward."
Dorsey's decision to transfer was announced by the school Tuesday morning, leaving the Longhorns with only three defensive tackles that have seen the field for Texas -- Malcom Brown, Chris Whaley and Desmond Jackson. Freshmen defensive tackles Alex Norman, Hassan Ridgeway and Paul Boyette, Jr. could all get playing time during the Longhorns' season opener against New Mexico State this weekend.
Despite Dorsey's absence, Brown said defensive tackle depth was not a concern.
"We've got more depth there than we've had probably most of the last three years," Brown said. "We're planning on playing at least Hassan and Alex Norman Saturday night for sure, and Paul may get in some. But right now I would say probably Hassan is the first guy to go in. We're planning on playing a lot of players. We want to play twenty-someting guys on defense the first half."
Dorsey, who was not listed in the depth chart Texas released Monday, was battling a calf injury that was likely to keep him out of Saturday's opener, regardless of whether he was transferring. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported Tuesday night that Dorsey was in Beaumont and planning on transferring to Lamar University.
"That comes as a surprise to me," defensive end Cedric Reed said of Dorsey's decision. "Ashton Dorsey brought that toughness, man. He was a tough guy. We needed him. It's pretty sad."