Wanted at Texas: ver­sa­tile O-line

Play­ers to train at mul­ti­ple po­si­tions as Longhorns at­tempt to build depth.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Danny Davis daniel­d­avis@states­man.com Longhorns

At 11 let­ters, ver­sa­til­ity is a big enough word for Texas’ offensive line. That group, af­ter all, prob­a­bly will use five 300-pound starters when the sea­son be­gins Sept. 2.

Texas coaches re­cently have been preach­ing that their line­men need to fill mul­ti­ple roles. As an ex­am­ple, head coach Tom Her­man said last week that in the wake of ju­nior Eli­jah Ro­driguez’s emer­gence at right tackle, the other can­di­dates for that job were get­ting reps at left tackle.

A few days later, Ro­driguez was in­jured when a team­mate rolled up on his right an­kle dur­ing a prac­tice. Texas an­nounced Thurs­day night the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Ro­driguez had suc­cess­ful surgery on the an­kle. No timetable was set for his re­turn.

Se­nior Tris­tan Nick­el­son and sopho­more Den­zel Okafor seem ob­vi­ous choices to re­place Ro­driguez, since they were once con­sid­ered the front-run­ners for the start­ing gig. Per­haps, though, a dark horse will emerge. As of­fen-

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