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UTSA Roadrunners defender Jaylon Haynes eyes an opposing quarterback during a home game played at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

A former Wharton Tigers standout will enter his final college football season with high expectations after being named to the Conference USA, All-Conference preseason team.

Jaylon Haynes will go into his senior year with the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) Roadrunners as a Conference USA preseason fourth-team defensive lineman.

His former WHS coach, Chad Butler, spoke about the former prep athlete.

“It is great to see our guys having success at the college level, but more importantly getting their education. Jaylon has done a great job and deserves the recognition,” said Butler, who is also Wharton ISD athletics director.

As a junior during the 2019 season, Haynes had a breakout year playing in 12 games and leading the Roadrunners' defensive linemen with 40 total tackles. He also had a team-high 12.5 tackles for loss. He also had two sacks, a pair of pass breakups, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was an honorable mention in Conference USA’s end of year awards.

Haynes was one of only five Roadrunners to earn preseason honors.

In his career with UTSA, Haynes has played in 28 games during three seasons and has made 62 total tackles.

When he played for the Tigers here as a senior, Haynes was an all-state honorable mention and was a district defensive MVP in back-to-back seasons.

The Roadrunners went 4-8 last season. UTSA is scheduled to start the season against the national champion Louisiana State University Tigers on Sept. 5.

Other Tigers planning Saturdays

Former WHS athlete B.J. Baylor will be entering his third season with the Oregon State Beavers. Baylor, in limited action last year, scored three touchdowns and averaged 5.9 yards a carry.

“At those levels of play, you have to make an impact when opportunity knocks and he has done that,” Butler said. “This will be a big year for Baylor. I’m proud of him for staying the course and not giving up when tough situations arose. He is a great example for our younger guys.”

WHS also has four athletes playing at the junior college level this upcoming season. 

Omar Marks is playing his second season at Fond Du Lac Tribal in Minnesota. Incoming college freshmen Joerell Davis and Jashawn Nickerson will play for Garden City Community College in Kansas, and Keilon Allen will be enrolling at Mount Marty in South Dakota.

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