Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Thursday, Mack Brown confirmed previous reports that rising junior defensive tackle Calvin Howell was leaving the Longhorns and transferring to a yet-to-be-determined location. Brown cited "personal reasons" as the cause of Powell's decision, but it's possible that decision was connected -- in part -- to a Jan. 29 arrest on marijuana possession charges.
The current police blotter for the San Marcos Record shows that a Calvin Trent Howell, 20, was arrested and charged with "possession of marijuana less than 2 oz." at 4:44 a.m. Sunday in San Marcos, Texas, a city located in-between Austin and Howell's hometown of San Antonio.
The charge is a Class B misdemeanor. The Austin-American Statesman reported Friday that, per the arrest report, Howell had been pulled over while speeding. Officers then smelled marijuana in the car and found a small amount on Howell's person.
Though the Longhorns have their usual array of high-caliber talent still remaining at defensive tackle, including new 335-pound juco signee Brandon Moore, the loss of Howell could sting all the same come the 2012 season. Howell started seven games in 2011 for Texas, including the season opener, finishing with 16 tackles, one sack, and one tackle-for-loss. With senior Kheeston Randall having graduated, the 'Horns will now be replacing both nominal starting tackles in the middle of their 4-3 defensive front.daily newsletter. View a preview.
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