RT Blalock, LG Lee Staying Put -- For Now

Offensive lineman <B>Stevie Lee </B>saw action exclusively at guard Monday while future All-American <B>Justin Blalock</B> practiced all afternoon at right tackle. It&#146;s going to remain that way for the remainder of spring training, head coach <B>Mack Brown </B>said.

Coaches have long since projected Blalock as playing at both guard and tackle (much like dearly departed All-American Derrick Dockery). Now, they also want the same versatility from Lee. The 6-4, 210 pound Lee switched from DT to the O-Line this spring but has missed three of eight days of practice due to conflicts with his class schedule.

"Steve’s move is really good," Brown said. "We played him at guard today instead of tackle because we want him to learn both spots. Playing guard is a little simpler, but he was a little confused."

Lee will remain at guard during the final six days of spring ball, Brown said, because "we want him to be comfortable at guard so he can play both spots. He wants to stay in the offensive line and we think it’s a good move."

No pun intended but the 6-4, 340-pound Blalock is the next big thing on an offensive front badly in need of size, savvy and no small dose of attitude. 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.

"Coach (Mac) McWhorter and I want to see him at one spot here at the end," Brown said. "We know Justin can play both positions. He is bracketed at right tackle now with Will Winston. Both centers (Jason Glynn, Will Allen) are bracketed right now. We’ve got a lot of good competition in the offensive line, and that’s healthy."

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