D-line­man Imade catches coach’s eye

Youth move­ment up front in­cludes Gra­ham, Chisholm.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Danny Davis daniel­d­avis@states­man.com Con­tact Danny Davis at 512445-3952. Twit­ter: @aas­danny

Since Texas re­turned to the prac­tice fields, the de­fen­sive line has fea­tured a few fresh faces.

Fresh­man Ta’Quon Gra­ham has drawn rave re­views,

ju­nior-col­lege trans­fer Ja­mari Chisolm has in­serted him­self into the dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing play­ing time. Ad­di­tion­ally, Max Cum­mins was a mem­ber of UT’s 2017 re­cruit

class. Tope Imade is also in the

of a tran­si­tion to the de­fen­sive line. A 6-foot-6, 315-pound red­shirt fresh­man out of Ar­ling­ton, Imade

with Texas in 2016 as a three-star of­fen­sive line- man. He played at guard this spring but switched to the other side of the foot­ball this sum­mer.

On Wed­nes­day, Texas coach Tom Her­man was asked about Imade’s tran- sition.

“He got a lot of reps on Satur­day. That is a big, good-look­ing dude that’s got some in­tel­li­gence about him, got some twitch to him. I even wrote down on my notes to­day, just watch­ing him run around, I think I wrote down some­thing like ‘We’ve got to find a way to make Tope a player.’

“We’re go­ing to talk about that in our staff meet­ing. Now whether that hap­pens this year, I mean he’s a red­shirt fresh­man that played of­fen­sive line for an en­tire year and some change. But (I’m) happy with that move at this point. Now he’s got to do the things that we’re task­ing him to do in or­der to de­velop as a de­fen­sive line­man, but I think the po­ten­tial’s there.”

The ad­di­tion of Imade gives Texas an­other op­tion as the pro­gram at­tempts to off­set the losses of de­fen­sive tack­les Jor­dan El­liott and Mar­cel Southall, both of whom trans­ferred this sum­mer. El­liott is at Mis­souri; af­ter red­shirt­ing at Texas, Southall will spend this year at Tyler Ju­nior Col­lege.

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