Sophomore to Watch: Spencer Drango

Even 6-6, 250-pound tackles struggle as sophomores in rugged 5A Texas districts, but Spencer Drango of Cedar Park is a little bit different. Drango helped anchor an offensive line at right tackle that includes Texas Longhorn commit Dom Espinosa at left tackle in 2008. Burnt Orange Beat caught up with both during offseason conditioning this week to discuss the offseason and the upcoming year.

Even though the Cedar Park Timberwolves finished their 2008 season at just 6-5 after losing in the first round of the playoffs to Cypress Creek of Houston, there is much hope for the 2009 season. That hope centers around an impressive offensive line, and several key returning underclassmen.

The Timberwolves have multiple juniors that are getting looks from colleges near and far. Offensive tackle Dominic Espinosa is already one of twenty junior commitments to the University of Texas. Junior inside linebacker Joey Nichol and defensive end Holmes Onwukaife are both getting interest from some Big 12 schools.

But the offensive line will have a new look for the 2009 season. Sophomore Spencer Drango, 6-6, 250-pounds, primarily manned the right tackle spot for the Timberwolves last season, is slated to move over to left tackle to replace Espinosa who is sliding inside to play center. Drango is on the Burnt Orange Beat 2011 Sophomore Watchlist.

"I'll play left tackle as a junior, since Dom is moving to Center. In our offense, we flip tackles so I've played left and right tackle, but primarily right last season," Drango explained.

Other new additions to the line will come from the junior varsity squad, 6-5, 250-pound right tackle William Wofford and 6-5, 205-pound tight end Beau Smith.

In addition to Nichol and Onwukaife on the defensive side of the ball, the team will return stud sophomore inside linebacker Chet Moss who played quite a bit as a sophomore as well.

This offseason, Spencer Drango is working hard in the weight room to add some needed strength which should help him at left tackle. Drango says that he needs to improve in the running game.

"I played center on the basketball team, so I got a lot of conditioning work there. But since that season has been over, I have been working out everyday. I want to get my legs stronger and get faster," Drango explained.

Drango went to the first open practice of spring ball at the University of Texas with teammates Espinosa (who committed the next day), Nichol, and Moss. In addition, Drango is also already receiving recruiting letters from Stanford, UCLA, and Iowa State.

Drango also already has plans for some upcoming camps and combines.

"I am definitely going to the Texas camp this summer and the NIKE Sparq camp in Dallas on the 4th (of April)," said Drango.

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