40 Acres Forecast: Alex De La Torre

We continue our look at scholarship players on Texas' 2015 roster with TE Alex De La Torre.

Alex De La Torre

Position:

TE

Height/Weight:

6-foot-0/243 pounds

High School:

Denton, Texas/Ryan

Year:

Senior

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2014 Review

You can’t measure De La Torre’s impact on this team in numbers. You just can’t. So don’t read too much into the fact that he only had one reception for 23 yards and zero carries in 2014. He was a full back doing all the dirty work required at that position.

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2015 Preview

After spending his first three seasons on the 40 Acres as a fullback [moved from linebacker to fullback before his freshman season], De La Torre has officially moved to tight end to help with depth at the position.

De La Torre is an above-average blocker, which is precisely why UT’s staff has decided to move him to TE. The Longhorns haven’t evolved the position into a true pass-catching threat yet so De La Torre should fill in just fine along with Andrew Beck, new TE Caleb Bluiett, and Garrett Gray.

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HD Projection

De La Torre is as tough as they come. He doesn’t mind doing to dirty work that often goes unnoticed to an untrained eye.

Because of his blocking abilities you can expect De La Torre to get a lot of time in Texas’ offense, especially early as UT settles in to its new up-tempo attack.

So far this fall he’s lined up on the line next to tackles, split out wide and motioned in the backfield to serve as a lead blocker.

He’s an extremely valuable player on this program that doesn’t get enough attention.

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How he ended up on the 40 Acres

This one was a no-brainer. He wanted to be a Longhorn all along. So it came as little surprise that he committed before a Texas basketball game against Baylor, becoming the second commitment of 2012 behind Connor Brewer.

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High School Highlights

Coached by Joey Florence at Ryan ... three-time all-state, all-area and three-time first-team all-district selection at linebacker… three-year starter who tallied 385 tackles, 64 TFL, 20 sacks, four INTs, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, seven PBUs, one PAT block and four TDs while helping Denton Ryan post a 39-4 record over his final three seasons … allied 101 tackles, 25 TFL, seven sacks, two INTs, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three PBUs, one PAT block and three TDs … also tallied 18 pancake blocks, three catches for 18 yards and one TD while rushing for 23 yards and two TDs at tight end… father, Aaron, played on the defensive line at Stephen F. Austin (1994-97) before playing for the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers and currently coaches at Denton Ryan… [info from this last section gathered from TexasSports.com]

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