Texas cornerback John Bonney celebrates a pass break-up against West Virginia receiver Ka'Raun White at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Nov. 12, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Texas Tech adds former Texas defensive back John Bonney to its secondary

Posted August 14th, 2018


Ex-Texas defensive back John Bonney isn’t done with the Longhorns just yet.

Hours after Texas announced that Bonney was leaving the Longhorns, Texas Tech publicized that he will join its football program. The 6-1, 205-pound Bonney has a year of eligibility left. He can compete immediately as a graduate transfer since he earned a degree in corporate communications at Texas this past December.

Texas Tech is set to host Texas on Nov. 10.


In 37 games at Texas, Bonney compiled 87 tackles and 14 pass break-ups. Bonney was moved to a safety position ahead of the 2017 season, but he has made 14 starts at cornerback in his collegiate career. Three of those cornerback starts came in games against Texas Tech.

Bonney joins a Texas Tech defense that allowed 282.2 passing yards per game in 2017. That ranked 122nd among the NCAA’s 129 FBS-level teams.

“We’re excited to add a veteran defensive back with such experience like John,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said in a statement. “We will begin to get him acclimated with our team this afternoon, and I believe he’ll be a great addition to our defensive backs room.”

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