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STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 29:    Wide receiver Cayleb Jones #4 and defensive tackle Kyle Kriegel #69 of the Texas Longhorns celebrate with fans after the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on September 29, 2012 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Texas defeated Oklahoma State 41-36. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Cayleb Jones #4 and defensive tackle Kyle Kriegel #69 of the Texas Longhorns celebrate with fans after the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on September 29, 2012 at Boone Pickens Stadium. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (AP) – Texas wide receiver Cayleb Jones has been released five months after he was accused of punching a Longhorns tennis player and breaking his jaw.

Coach Mack Brown on Wednesday night said Jones has been given an unconditional release and wished him well.

The sophomore’s father, Robert Jones, thanked Brown and said it’s best for his son to get a fresh start and transfer. The family didn’t immediately say where Jones will attend school.

Jones was charged with felony aggravated assault over a February incident involving an ex-girlfriend and her male friend. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor.

Jones last month was reinstated to the Longhorns but faced missing the season opener against New Mexico State as punishment.

Jones last season played 11 games as a backup wide receiver.

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