Texas Tight End Jahleel Billingsley Suspended Six Games

NCAA Football: Texas Spring Game
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Texas transfer tight end Jahleel Billingsley is currently in the middle of serving a six-game suspension, which will prevent him from facing his former team Alabama this Saturday.

Texas head football coach Steve Sarkisian stated after their 52-10 win vs Louisiana, that Billingsley’s suspension was related to his time at Alabama but did not give a specific reason for the suspension.

“He’s in the process of that (suspension),” Sarkisian said. “He’s got five more games to go. We’ll get him back for Big 12 play.”

Before the 2021 season, Nick Saban spoke about Billingsley’s role in the team and if he can rise on the depth chart.

“That’s up to him,” Saban said in August 2021. “That’s not up to me. He knows what he is supposed to do in practice. He knows what he is supposed to do. This is not a democracy. Everybody doesn’t get to do what they want to do. Everybody doesn’t get to do what they feel like doing. You’ve got to buy in and do what you’re supposed to do to be a part of the team and do the things you need to do in practice every day.”

Billingsley played three seasons at Alabama where he had 37 catches for 559 yards and six touchdowns. He won a national championship with the Crimson Tide in 2020. Because of the suspension, he will miss half of the 2022 season and only be eligible to play in six regular season games. The first game he will be eligible to play for is when Texas hosts Iowa State on October 15th.

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