Playing time outlook: Offensive guard

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 guard.

Guard rotation pattern: Tillman Holloway at left guard and Derrick Dockery at right guard will start and senior Beau Baker has emerged as the third member of the projected three-man fall guard rotation. Last fall, Antwan Kirk Hughes, Holloway and Dockery essentially all "started," playing a near-equal number of snaps, and Greg Davis and Tim Nunez would like to see the same this fall. Don't bet on it. Although Baker is solid, Holloway and Dockery are poised for all-conference-caliber (if not better) seasons and should receive approximately twice as many snaps as Baker. The only other returner who might -- with the key word being might -- get any meaningful snaps is Lionel Garr, who moved to guard from tackle during a non-standout spring. Garr could end up back at tackle depending on the depth situation at that spot, but he's the No. 4 guy at guard heading into two-a-days. Sophomore Trey Bates at LG and redshirt freshmen Terrance Young at LG and Mike Garcia at RG project as late fourth quarter subs. True freshman PT? As at tackle, it is possible that a true freshman could see the field, particularly given the fact that high school superstar Justin Blalock is in the Horns' group of incoming freshmen interior linemen. The only way Blalock or Bret Valdez plays, though, given the coaches' desire to redshirt all offensive linemen, is if they are capable of contributing at a championship level with the game on the line, meaning they will have to have one heck of an August (and early part of the season) on the practice field. The wildcard at guard is the possibility that Dockery may be needed at tackle, which could push everyone up a notch in the rotation and open the door a bit wider for one of the down-the-depth-chart dwellers or true freshmen to play a significant number of meaningful snaps.

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