Texas will be down a tight end entering the 2017 season.
Peyton Aucoin, a tight end, and head coach Tom Herman amicably parted ways Friday afternoon. Aucoin released a statement via Twitter announcing his transfer from the Texas football program.
The redshirt freshman released the following statement:
Aucoin was one of only three scholarship tight ends on the Longhorns' roster entering the 2017 season, so his departure is somewhat perplexing. Of course, Tom Herman and his coaching staff have been conducting spring exit interviews, so the two likely came to the same conclusion that Aucoin would be better off somewhere else.
As his statement suggests, Aucoin will not be able to play for any team Big 12 team that Texas plays in the next two seasons.
The 6-foot-4, 243-pound recruit from Louisiana committed to Texas in July of 2015 after a visit to Florida. According to 247Sports' Composite Rankings, Aucoin ranked as the No. 48 tight end coming out of high school.
It's been a rocky start for Herman with the Longhorns, as the team enters 2017 without a true starting quarterback. Will freshman Sam Ehlinger take the starting role from Shane Buechele? Many questions abound for Texas as the team looks to get back to its winning ways.