Ulatoski Earns Start at RT

It will be nearly two weeks before Texas releases a depth chart, but RS-freshman Adam Ulatoski would start at RT if the season began today, coach Mack Brown told Inside Texas Tuesday. Brown also mentioned other key personnel decisions as August Camp hits the half-way point.

Many assumed that Cedric Dockery would inherit Will Allen's spot at RG, but Adam Ulatoski has enjoyed such a breakthrough preseason that coaches decided to move All-American Justin Blalock to the inside and start Ulatoski at RT.

"Ulatoski is playing great, and we're really excited about him and the progress he's made," Brown said. "Cedric Dockery is coming on. Charlie Tanner, Chris Hall and Dallas Griffin are all in that group, but we're most pleased right now with Adam's progress. He's really stepped up. If we started today, he would be the right tackle and Justin (Blalock) would move to guard.

For years, it's been the consensus that Blalock is a more natural inside player but that he (in essence) played out of position the past three seasons just to get the top five linemen on the field. Meanwhile, Ulatoski has made the most progress in his pass-protection, Brown noted.

"The strength-level of a big, fast defensive end on third-and-long is where young guys have trouble," Brown said. "Adam is lucky because he's a year older. He laid out last season because of a sore back. He's been around here a year-and-a-half, so he's older than most freshmen. He played in a program that threw the ball a lot and he was very well coached at Southlake (Carroll). We're really pleased with his progress. He's made as much as anybody on the team."

‘15' GOING ON ‘22'
In Mack Brown's perfect world, the two-deep chart would reflect 22 co-starters on both sides of the ball. These days, Brown believes there are "15 or 16" starters on offense and on defense. Next week's emphasis will be locating the half-dozen other backups who can enter the game without significant decline in production.

Junior Marcus Griffin has nailed down the job at FS, although Brown cautioned me again against using designations like ‘free' and ‘strong' safety.

"They (Marcus and twin-brother Michael) play both," Brown said. "(DB coach) Duane (Akina) does the best job I've ever seen. Michael is also playing corner."

By the end of spring football, coaches said Brandon Foster would be the starter when Texas went with a nickel package. But Foster has been slowed this week with a leg injury while Erick Jackson missed all of spring football due to injury.

"Erick and Brandon are fighting to get on the field in nickel- and dime-situations. Ryan Palmer is coming on, and Matt Melton is back. We've got some guys there, but we've got to figure out how we're going to play them."

Horns Digest Top Stories