40 Acres Forecast: Andrew Beck

We continue our look at scholarship players on Texas' 2015 roster with sophomore tight end Andrew Beck.

Andrew Beck

Position:

TE

Height/Weight:

6-foot-3/232 pounds

High School:

Tampa, Fla/Plant

Year:

Sophomore

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2014 Review

The Longhorns moved Beck from linebacker to tight end during the 2014 preseason to help with depth at that position. While he didn’t factor into the passing game last season, coaches will tell you that he has incredible upside at the position and great hands. Texas relied heavily on the blocking abilities of Geoff Swaim last season. But Swaim is with the Dallas Cowboys now so you can expect Beck to see an increase in snaps.

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2015 Preview

The Longhorns are desperately wanting to upgrade their tight end position and get them more involved in the passing game. Texas was hoping that 2015 signee Devonaire Clarington was going to be that guy, but he might not be eligible this fall. That leaves Andrew Beck as one of the few passing options at the position, a guy who didn’t have a catch last season. But Beck is an incredibly hard worker with decent speed. New tight ends coach Jeff Traylor will put him in the best position to succeed.

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HD Projection

Beck is going to get an opportunity to be involved in the passing game. How much? Depends on the complete evolution of the offense. If Texas is clicking and Shawn Watson thinks the QBs can take on more of the playbook, then you can expect him to get a couple of targets per game. Options are thin at the position. He and Blake Whiteley are the only TEs listed on the spring roster. Garrett Gray see time there, but his blocking would come into question. True freshman DeAndre McNeal could take time away from TEs because of his size and speed. Regardless, Beck will be involved in the game plan.

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How he ended up on the 40 Acres

Mack Brown and the Longhorns looked like they were barely going to miss out on Beck, as Stanford seemed like the team to beat after his unofficial visit out there.

But Beck couldn’t resist becoming a Longhorn and committed to Texas in April 2013. Texas did a great job in its recruitment with the Florida native, who was a consensus three-star recruit.

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High School Highlights

Coached by Robert Weiner at Plant High School where he was a four-year letterman and two-year starter … selected first-team 8A All-State by the Associated Press in 2013 … also named first-team All-Western Conference and first-team All-Hillsborough County… No. 36 MLB nationally by Scout … registered 110 tackles, seven sacks, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a senior … helped Plant to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the 8A state semifinals in 2013 … recorded 126 tackles, six sacks, 35 tackles for loss and eight passes defended as a junior [info from this last section gathered from TexasSports.com]

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