Update: Thursday, August 29, 10:00 a.m. ET
Dorsey has decided to transfer to Lamar, according to of Sports Day DFW by way of the Dallas Morning News (h/t College Football Talk). Dorsey will be eligible to play right away for the FCS program.
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Texas #Longhorns senior DT Ashton Dorsey will transfer, Mack Brown confirms. Dorsey played in 30 games, starting 6.— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) August 27, 2013
The Longhorns coach didn't provide any further details on the transfer, but this is surprising news to all.
Dorsey was expected to be a full-time starter this season after playing in 30 games and starting six. Last season, he had 23 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and one broken up pass.
How bad will Texas miss Ashton Dorsey?
He was an athletic defensive lineman who had impressive quickness and was a stout run defender. His presence was needed after last year's efforts when Texas allowed 403 yards per game and 191 yards on the ground.
Receiving this news so close to Saturday's season opener against New Mexico State certainly doesn't help matters. However, Texas shouldn't have too much trouble against the Aggies, a team that finished last season with a 1-11 record.
Texas will likely start senior Chris Whaley in place of Dorsey. Whaley is also an athletic player who began his career in 2010 as a running back. He then moved to defensive end his sophomore year and is now playing a new role as a defensive tackle. He finished last season with 20 tackles, three tackles for loss and two broken up passes in limited playing time.
Junior Desmond Jackson will continue backup duties at the position.
Texas needs all of the help it can get defensively and losing an experienced player is a step in the wrong direction.