Texas A&M junior Roshauud Paul has opted to take a redshirt this season.
Paul, who returned punts and saw limited action at wide receiver in the first four games, will have two years of eligibility remaining.
“He and I talked, had a discussion,” A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He said he elected to redshirt, it was very tough. He’s done a great job for us. We came to the conclusion for him and his future, and that’s what he wanted to do. And I’m in agreement and I’m fine with that.”
Paul, the all-stater from Bremond, has returned 34 punts in his career for 353 yards (10.4 avg.), including nine this season for 120 yards. He also had four kickoff returns for 67 yards and 23 receptions for 268 yards.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder led Bremond to three straight state championships, with the Tigers going 47-0. He was a three-time state championship game most valuable player and was Mr. Texas Football in 2016.
True freshman Ainias Smith returned one punt for 9 yards in Saturday’s 31-27 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.
A&M senior defensive back Roney Elam missed his second straight game for unspecified reasons.
“Elam’s not available right now,” said Fisher, not saying if it was for health or other reasons. “He’s just not available right now.”
No. 25 A&M (3-2, 1-1 SEC) is off this Saturday before playing top-ranked Alabama game on Oct. 12 at Kyle Field in a game televised by CBS at 2:30 p.m.
The other games that day are Mississippi State at Tennessee, 11 a.m. (SEC Network); South Carolina at Georgia, 11 a.m. (ESPN); UNLV at Vanderbilt, 3 p.m. (SEC Network); Ole Miss at Missouri, 6 p.m. (ESPN2); Arkansas at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network); and Florida at LSU, 7 p.m. (ESPN)