ESPN.com is reporting that Texas Longhorns runnings back Ramonce Taylor will be leaving the Big 12 program and intends to transfer. Taylor did not participate in the team's Spring practices due to academic problems. He also has a pending marijuana possession charge hanging over his head.
Taylor scored 15 touchdowns for the Longhorns during the 2005 season, including a four-touchdown game against Baylor. He also had two 100-yard games and finished the season with 513 yards on 76 carries. Overall, he accounted for more than 1200 yards of total offense for the national champions, including a long touchdown run in the Rose Bowl.
While Taylor has had his share of off-the-field problems, his motivation may also be due to his on-field competition. Texas returns sophomore Jamaal Charles, who rushed for nearly 900 yards and 11 scores during his freshman season, as well as fellow returnees Selvin Young and Henry Melton, who combined for 18 more TDs in '05.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Taylor is expected to transfer to an NAIA school, where he will be eligible to play immediately.