Young Talent Emerging On O-Line

If the 2003 Texas football season were to start today, sophomore <B>William Winston </b>would occupy the offensive right tackle spot that <B>Robbie Doane </b>held last year, head coach <B>Mack Brown </b>said Monday.

At 6-7, 350 (that's no typo, folks), Winston played in all 13 games last season on the FG and PAT units and saw action in six outings as a backup tackle. William Winston, whose nickname is understandably "Big Will", helped move the pile for QB Vince Young while a three-year letterman at Houston Madison High.

Junior Stevie Lee (6-4, 310) started spring drills at the RT tackle spot after switching from DT last month. But Lee has lost some ground to Winston because spring drills conflict with a classroom schedule.

"Stevie Lee will be in that mix at guard and tackle," Brown said. "Stevie has already missed two of the five practices for a class that he has. Tillman (Holloway) has missed some because of class, so it's setting (Lee) behind some. But we're excited about what we see in Stevie in individual drills, but he's got to learn how to play the whole scheme. Will Winston will be in that mix."

Last December, Inside Texas forecast the emergence of Justin Blalock (6-4, 340) as a sudden-impact player on the offensive front, and already he has been true to form. Admittedly, it was a brainless prediction. The freshman (redshirted last season) was a USA Today All-American at Plano East and was The Sporting News choice as the nation's 15th-best high school prospect overall.

"Justin Blalock has been really impressive for a true freshman playing both guard and tackle," Brown said.

A 6-3, 315-pound senior, Holloway has emerged as the vocal leader of the O-line, Brown said.

"He's been around a long time so they call him the old man," Brown said of the 22-year old. "He redshirted when Robbie Doane and Derrick Dockery played as freshmen. He is the only senior we've got in the offensive line. (Junior center) Jason Glynn has played a lot now and (6-6, 297 sophomore) Will Allen is stepping up some (at center). Jonathan Scott (6-7, 297) is a redshirted freshman (sophomore-to-be) and we're calling on him to step up (at left tackle)."

The biggest cleats to fill on the O-line, of course, belong to the All-American Dockery. But coaches like what they see in 6-3, 315 pound sophomore Mike Garcia.

"We're really pleased with Mike Garcia because he played a lot in our bowl game," Brown said. "Mike's come out and has had a good five days."


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