April 20, 2010
Two Longhorn football players have elected to transfer, DE Russell Carter and S Ben Wells, both of whom would have been juniors next season, confirmed on Tuesday. Both players cited the desire to seek more playing time as their reason for transferring.
“I want to thank Coach Brown and the staff for my experience at Texas,” Carter said. “I’ve enjoyed a lot of great times with my teammates and wish them continued success. I want to play now and have decided to transfer and continue to pursue my academic and football goals at another school.”
A third-year sophomore and 2009 lettermen, Carter played in nine games, posting five tackles, a tackle for loss and a QB pressure as a sophomore. The Houston Westbury High product played in five games in 2008 after redshirting in 2007.
“I’m very thankful to Coach Brown and the entire staff for recruiting and helping me in every way possible,” Wells said. “I will continue to support the Longhorn nation and all of my coaches and teammates in their quest for another championship. I just really want a chance to play more and have a better opportunity to do that if I complete my last two seasons elsewhere. It was a difficult decision that I’ve discussed with my family and decided now is the best time for me to make this move.”
A two-year letterman, Wells played in all 12 games in 2008 and 2009, primarily on special teams. He posted 12 tackles, a sack, a TFL, an INT and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown during his career. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Beaumont Ozen High School graduate redshirted in 2007.
“We appreciate everything Russell and Ben did for our football program,” said head coach Mack Brown. “They are nice young men who told us they had a great experience but felt the best opportunity for more playing time was to transfer. We wish them the best of luck in the future.”