Changes In O-Line Announced

On the heels of a relatively intense week of practice considering Texas was off last weekend, head coach <B>Mack Brown</b> announced offensive line personnel changes during his weekly media luncheon.

All-American candidate Derrick Dockery has moved from right guard to the right tackle spot previously held by injured redshirt freshman Jonathan Scott and senior Alfio Randall-Veasey. Senior three-year letterman Beau Baker is listed as the starting right guard after backing-up both Tillman Holloway at left guard and Dockery at right guard in the opener.

Senior Robbie Doane, named last month to the Outland Trophy Watch list, remains in the starting left tackle spot while sophomore Jason Glynn holds on his starting job at center.

The moves came the week after Brown expressed "deep disappointment" in the O-line's performance in the second half against North Texas. Largely due to struggles up front, North Texas totaled eight sacks on the night and the UT offense managed just 27 yards rushing on 34 attempts.

Now, Brown believes the line has his full attention after lacking both "intensity" and "a killer instinct" for two quarters against the Mean Green.

"They've responded well," Brown said. "They had a lot of encouragement last week."

Dockery, a three-year letterman listed on both this year's Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists, is expected to see playing time at guard, but that will depend on Scott's status. The redshirt freshman has been injured twice (pulled hamstring, sprained ankle) in the past two weeks but has been cleared to return to practice today.

"Derrick's going to have to be a guy that plays both tackle and guard this year," Brown said. "He's just going to be a guy that's got to do both, and he knows that. At least, that's the way we've practiced. As of right now we'll play two centers, three guards and four tackles."

One of the most watched members of the heralded 2002 recruiting class is OG Justin Blalock (6-4, 340), whom coaches took a close look at last week. The prediction here was that Blalock would play against North Carolina, but Brown said the staff will continue to monitor his progress as he rotated in practice with the second-team along with redshirt freshmen Terrance Young (6-6, 350) and Mike Garcia (6-3, 315). Blalock was a first-team USA Today All-American at Plano East and was The Sporting News' pick as the nation's 15th best high school prospect overall.

"We're trying to see if (Blalock) can come fast enough to where he can be activated by mid-season," Brown said. "As of today, we wouldn't throw him out there yet, but he's practicing with that second unit on a rotating basis."

Also see Hot News for info on Kalen Thonrton's injury status.

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