The Longhorns are losing some depth at linebacker. Senior Dalton Santos announced on his Twitter account that he will be transferring from Texas.
— Dalton Santos (@Daltonsantos55) May 2, 2016
The Longhorns could use some depth at the position, making Santos’ decision to transfer a big loss for coach Charlie Strong and staff.
Santos came to Austin with the 2012 recruiting class as a four-star recruit, and earned significant playing time right away. As a freshman he led special teams in tackles, and as a sophomore he earned a starting role. However, he fell behind Steve Edmond on the depth chart in his junior year as injuries plagued him in 2014.
In 2015, as a senior, Santos was struck by injury once again. He injured his ankle in the spring, and that injury has kept him sidelined ever since; including this spring.
Some have speculated whether or not the lingering injury would force him to hang up his cleats, but the decision to transfer would suggest that he isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet.
Santos was granted a medical hardship waiver giving him one more year of eligibility, and will allow him to transfer as a graduate transfer. So, wherever he ends up, he should be able to play right away.