Playing time outlook: Offensive tackle

IT's position-by-position capsule look at the probable fall playing time rotation as well as a glimpse at possible freshman contributors for the Horns continues. Today's installment: offensive tackle.

Tackle rotation pattern: Robbie Doane at left tackle and Jonathan Scott at right tackle will start and should receive the vast majority of the game-on-the-line snaps this fall. Doane, who along with Derrick Dockery "made as much progress this spring as anybody we've had since we've been here" according to Mack Brown, is the returning starter on the left side while redshirt freshman Scott earned the start on the right side with his strong spring performance, vaulting past veterans Lionel Garr and Alfio Randall over the last half of spring workouts. Garr and Randall, along with redshirt freshman Will Winston remain in the playing time mix heading into two-a-days, but none of the three is a lock to see many meaningful snaps (redshirt freshman LT Roman Reeves also doesn't look to see much action). Matter of fact, the rotation in the fall may include projected RG starter Dockery as the back-up of choice on both sides rather than any of the three guys mentioned above. True freshman PT? Possible given the lack of proven depth at tackle, although the coaches hope to continue last year's trend of redshirting the entire OL class. Neale Tweedie, is the only one of the Horns' five '02 OL signees that projects to play on the outside in college (he played left tackle at the high school level) and at well under 300 pounds, the Allen High product probably needs a year in the weight room to be a contributor.

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