A couple of weeks ago Jordan Elliott announced that he was transferring from Texas, but at the time we didn’t know where he would end up. Now we do. The former Longhorn defensive tackle is taking his talents to Missouri, and he took a shot at the Big 12 in his announcement.
DT Jordan Elliott on leaving Texas for Mizzou: "The SEC is a higher level of play. Why not push myself to compete?"
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) May 27, 2017
Elliott, while not a starter, would have likely earned significant minutes at Texas in the rotation, but his argument of looking for a higher level of play would make a lot more sense if he was atop the depth chart at Texas. Also, his decision to go to Missouri would indicate that he’s looking for less competition on the depth chart, not more.
Now, there is nothing wrong with looking for a clearer path to get on the field, he has to do what is best for him. However, when you start taking empty shots, then you can expect some blow back.
— Nathan (@nathan0223) May 27, 2017
@Dave_Matter Translation – Couldn't hack it in Big 12
— Steven Beeler (@sabeeler1974_2) May 27, 2017
— Ernie Solis (@th3nern) May 27, 2017
@Dave_Matter Sec east isn't really lighting the world on fire
— John Dyer (@johnjohndyer) May 28, 2017
@Dave_Matter Well that's a dumb reason to QUIT. I QUIT so I can compete at a higher level? Uhh ok 🙄 👌🏾
— Rca$h (@bigregc) May 27, 2017
@Dave_Matter So many flavors to choose from and he chose salty.
— Seth Jones (@SethJonesMusic) May 27, 2017
@Dave_Matter Hahaha. Let's check back in 2 years.
— Will Angst (@wdangst) May 27, 2017
Hopefully things work out for Elliott, but this isn’t going to do anything to help his reputation of having attitude issues and an unwillingness to put in the effort. He also has a hard time figuring out exactly what he wants. He committed and decommitted to several schools before eventually ending up in Austin.
Now he is on the move once more, but hopefully for the last time as he is following defensive line coach Brick Haley. Haley coached the Longhorn d-line under coach Charlie Strong before heading to Mizzou six months ago, and coach Haley is most likely the true reason Elliott chose the Tigers.