Among the more experienced players Texas football has lost to the NCAA Transfer Portal since the December window opened last month, senior defensive tackle Trill Carter found his next home on Jan. 8. Carter announced on social media on Jan. 8 that he committed to the Auburn Tigers.
The Auburn football Twitter/X account announced on Jan. 8 that Carter had officially signed his letter of intent to play for the Tigers next season.
Former Texas football transfer DL Trill Carter commits to and signs with Auburn
Carter had originally entered the transfer portal on Jan. 5. He spent one season with Texas after transferring from the Minnesota Golden Gophers last offseason.
Carter was a significant part of the Texas defensive line rotation down the stretch this season. He played at least 20 defensive snaps in the last five games of the season, including 22 in the College Football Playoff Semifinal game at the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 against the Washington Huskies.
Over 13 games played with the Longhorns this season, Carter registered nine combined tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, eight quarterback pressures, and eight defensive stops.
Before arriving at Texas, Carter played over 30 games in four seasons at Minnesota. He registered over 50 combined tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception, and two batted balls, over four years with the Golden Gophers.
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Carter is the first Texas defensive lineman who played significant live-game reps on defense this season who has entered the transfer portal in this cycle.
His departure leaves Texas with a projected defensive line rotation including senior Alfred Collins, junior Vernon Broughton, freshman Sydir Mitchell, redshirt freshman Jaray Bledsoe, and redshirt freshman Aaron Bryant.
Texas also loses its two best defensive tackles this season to the 2024 NFL Draft in redshirt senior T'Vondre Sweat and junior Byron Murphy II.