Texas defensive back John Bonney (24) tackles USC tight end Tyler Petite (82) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2017. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas defensive backs John Bonney, Eric Cuffee elect to transfer ahead of 2018 season

Posted August 14th, 2018


DBU lost a few students on Tuesday.

Texas defensive backs John Bonney and Eric Cuffee have elected to transfer, the school announced after Tuesday’s practice. Bonney is entering his senior season and has already earned a degree in corporate communications. Cuffee would have been a redshirt sophomore on UT’s roster this fall.

Bonney will transfer to Texas Tech; he’ll be eligible to play this fall. Cuffee will join ex-Texas teammate Reggie Hemphill-Mapps at Trinity Valley Community College this fall.


Bonney appeared in 37 games at Texas. Bonney made 14 of his 15 career starts as a cornerback, but he transitioned into a back-up safety in Todd Orlando’s defense. Last season, Bonney appeared on special teams and as an extra defensive back in UT’s dime package.

Texas boasts plenty of depth among its defensive backs. Bonney, though, likely would have still competed for some playing time this season. In this past weekend’s scrimmage, Tom Herman credited Bonney with recovering a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

In a statement, Bonney said that “I would like to thank The University of Texas for giving me the opportunity to graduate and earn a bachelor’s degree. I’d like to thank Mack Brown for offering me a scholarship to be a student-athlete at such a great institution and Coach Charlie Strong and Vance Bedford for taking me in and teaching me the game, as well as Coach Tom Herman, Craig Naivar and Yancy McKnight for helping me grow and develop not only as a football player but as a young man. I’d also like to thank our great fans for supporting us through good times and bad. I will cherish the relationships made with my teammates and the memories we shared on and off the field. I will forever be a Longhorn. God bless. Hook ‘Em!”

Cuffee did not appear in any games at Texas. A Waco native, Cuffee was a four-star prospect when he signed with the Longhorns in 2016.

“It was a long and well-thought out decision with family and friends, but I have decided to transfer from The University of Texas to give myself a better opportunity to reach my dreams and aspirations in life,” Cuffee said in a statement.

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