Texas offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez (71) exits the field following a 24-10 loss to Baylor on Nov. 23, 2019 in Waco. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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DeGabriel Floyd retires while other Longhorns reportedly enter the transfer portal

Posted December 2nd, 2019


A medical retirement has ended DeGabriel Floyd’s time at Texas.

Floyd announced on Monday that he was medically retiring from football. A freshman linebacker, Floyd sat out the entire 2019 season after a spinal stenosis diagnosis. Initially, Texas coach Tom Herman said that Floyd would be reevaluated in January.

Floyd was rated as a four-star linebacker out of California when he signed with Texas.


Floyd is not the only Longhorn who leaving the Texas roster. Inside Texas reported on Monday that freshman quarterback Sam Saxton is joining juniors Chris Naggar and J.P. Urquidez in the NCAA’s transfer portal.

Both Naggar and Urquidez were honored during UT’s Senior Day celebrations this past week and will likely be graduate transfers elsewhere. Urquidez, an offensive lineman who tweeted that he will stick with Texas through the team’s bowl game, mainly contributed on special teams this season. Naggar averaged 39.3 yards over 25 punts.

Saxton did not play this fall. A three-star prospect in high school, Saxton turned down several scholarship offers for a chance to walk on at Texas. Saxton’s father played football at Texas. His grandfather, James, is in the athletic department’s Hall of Honor.

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