Texas football TE Jahleel Billingsley serving six-game suspension

Jahleel Billingsley, Texas Football
Jahleel Billingsley, Texas Football /

On Sep. 3, head coach Steve Sarkisian and Texas football opened up the 2022 regular season slate with a commanding win over head coach Terry Bowden and the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks out of the Sun Belt. Texas got a 52-10 win over ULM in the opener this weekend that saw this team control the game every step of the way at home under the lights at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Yet, one player that was missing for Sark and the Longhorns in the opener this weekend was the former Alabama Crimson Tide transfer and senior tight end Jahleel Billingsley.

While sophomore tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders had his breakout game on Sep. 3, Billingsley apparently started to serve the first of his six-game suspension.

Sark announced in the post-game press conference on Sep. 3 that Billingsley is serving this six-game suspension, which he said didn’t have anything to do with what he’s done at Texas. It was mentioned that this stems back to his time at Alabama.

Texas football TE Jahleel Billingsley in the midst of serving a suspension of a half-dozen games

This is reportedly an NCAA suspension that Billingsley is serving. And the six-game suspension will mean that Billingsley is likely to make his Texas debut on Oct. 15 at home against head coach Matt Campbell and the Iowa State Cyclones.

That will mean that Billingsley will be missing for the Longhorns when Sark and his squad take on Jahleel’s former team in Week 2. Texas is set to host Alabama on Sep. 10 at DKR in what promises to be a high-stakes battle in Austin.

Moreover, Texas landed Billingsley by way of the NCAA Transfer Portal during the offseason. He spent three years playing for Alabama before transferring to Texas. During his time at Alabama, Billingsley registered 37 catches for 559 receiving yards and six touchdown catches.

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Texas showed off the depth at the tight end position in the opener on Sep. 3. Sanders was one of the highlighting players on the night. Fellow sophomore tight end Juan Davis was also impressive as a blocker against ULM.

Sark and the Longhorns will get more of the depth in the tight end room back, though, in mid-October upon the return of Billingsley.