Frank Okam has moved from nose tackle to fill the void at DT now that Rod Wright and Larry Dibbles have completed their eligibility. But Brown expects no fall-off at NT, despite the fact that Okam garnered second team All-Big 12 accolades while starting all 13 games there as a sophomore. Roy Miller and Derek Lokey have shown up all spring, coaches say.
"Frank has moved out because we have two body-types in Roy Miller
and Derek Lokey
that fit perfectly for the nose. Those guys are so quick. They're hard to block because you usually have tall offensive linemen, so it's hard to dig them up. We feel like all three of those guys, right now, would be starters. A lot of time the nose guard gets double-teamed. In the three-technique, it's a single block for the guard."
Miller was the only five-star member of the 2005 recruiting class and has been likened to former Longhorn Casey Hampton. Okam was the defensive jewel of the 2004 recruiting class and, if he remains healthy, is destined to follow in the cleats of former Longhorn greats such as Wright and Marcus Tubbs.
"Frank will be the next great one to play for Tolle (DT Coach Mike Tolleson) at Texas," Brown added. "He's got it written all over him."
Texas is loaded at DE, with returning starters Tim Crowder and Brian Robison as well as Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year Brian Orakpo.
"Roy Miller has had a great spring," Brown said. "He and Brian Orakpo have probably been the two guys who were not talked about during the spring that have made the biggest splash."