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10 most painful Texas football transfer portal departures of all time.
Since the launch of the college football transfer portal in 2018, no one has been spared heartache, and the Texas Longhorns are no exception.

The Horns have lost 101 players to the portal in the last six years, mostly as a result of the program’s many changes in head coaches.

Which ten athletes, out of those who have departed Austin, have caused Texas fans the greatest amount of grief?

Transfer portal for 2019: 10 departures
five-star wide receiver Bru McCoy to USC
Utah’s Cameron Rising, a three-star quarterback
Although neither Cam Rising nor Bru McCoy played a snap for the Longhorns, they were huge commitments to Texas and had been highly recruited out of high school.

Both McCoy and Rising were significant losses for the Horns when they went via the transfer portal. They were both anticipated to succeed greatly in college, as they subsequently demonstrated.

Rising completed his trip to Utah with 5,572 throwing yards and 46 touchdowns. Before moving to Tennessee, McCoy played for the Trojans for just one season after transferring to USC. As of right now, his status on the Vols’ 2024 roster is active.

2021 transfer portal – 15 departures

  • Keaontay Ingram – three-star RB – to USC
  • Juwan Mitchell – three-star LB – to Tennessee.

Next in line for the Texas running back room spot was Keaontay Ingram. Before transferring to play for the USC Trojans, Ingram accumulated 1,811 rushing yards in three seasons for the Horns.

In 2021, Ingram has 156 receiving yards and 911 yards for five touchdowns while playing for USC.

Juwan Mitchell left the Longhorns to play for the Volunteers and then the Colorado Buffaloes, totaling 101 tackles for Texas. After leaving Texas, Mitchell played three seasons of collegiate football where he recorded 80 tackles, three pass deflections, and one interception.


2022 transfer portal – 23 departures

  • Marcus Washington – four-star WR – to Nebraska
  • Tyler Owens – five-star S – to Texas Tech

Being an athlete at heart, Marcus Washington was expected to emerge as the Horns’ premier receiver. As a reserve wide receiver in 2021, Washington had 277 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns through the air.

Tyler Owens battled to establish himself as Texas’ first-choice safety, but if patience had been his virtue, Owens could have been a tremendous addition to the Horns. Owens had 56 career tackles, 4 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 interception after moving to Texas Tech.

2023 transfer portal – 20 departures

  • Brenen Thompson – four-star WR – to OU
  • JD Coffey – four-star S – to SDSU

Both safety JD Coffey and wide receiver Brenen Thompson were listed as four-star transfers in the 2023 portal after having rather good seasons with the Longhorns.
Despite having just 7 receptions for Oklahoma in 2023, Thompson still managed 241 yards and 2 touchdowns at an average of 34.4 yards per catch.

Coffey was an essential member of the San Diego State Aztecs’ defense past season, totaling 12 tackles.

Coffey and Thompson would have been valuable assets on either side of the ball, even though they haven’t set any records since departing the Horns.

2024 transfer portal – 24 departures

  • Isaiah Neyor – three-star WR – to Nebraska
  • Austin Jordan – four-star CB – to TCU

Transfer portal for 2024: 24 departures
three-star wide receiver Isaiah Neyor to Nebraska
Four-star CB Austin Jordan is going to TCU.

Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian lost 24 former Longhorns while also bringing in a sizable sum via the transfer portal most recently. Wide receiver Isaiah Neyor and cornerback Austin Jordan have been two of the Horns’ major offseason departures.

Both players would have been excellent No. 2s for Texas as the team heads into the SEC, even though neither was going to emerge as the standout performer at their respective positions.

Neyor played two years at Wyoming before transferring to the Horns, where in 2023 he only had one reception for 14 yards. Jordan spent two years as a player for Texas, totaling 11 tackles and one interception for the Longhorns.

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