Date: Jun 29, 2009
As summer is officially upon us and the team starts their summer workouts, Burnt Orange Beat will be breaking down the roster and providing positional unit analysis for the upcoming season and a 2010 outlook. Today’s unit is the Offensive Line.
Spotlight: Adam Ulatoski
As any good lineman would tell you, there are no spotlighted offensive linemen, just one big, cohesive unit. This unit returns an amazing 89 career starts among its projected starters and another two off the bench in back-up center David Snow. The unit is essentially one of the most veteran front lines of any team in the country – and by far the most experienced crew in the Big 12. Left tackle Adam Ulatoski anchors an extremely veteran bunch that has a chance to pave the way for another record setting offensive year. “Uli” as he is known, already has 30 career starts under his belt including 14 at left tackle. The 6-7, 305-pound tackle has started twenty consecutive games and is considered a first-day and some say, first round NFL tackle.
Other key returning starters: RT Kyle Hix, C Chris Hall, and LG Charlie Tanner
Hix, Hall, and Tanner all return to their respective starting positions where each has manned his spot for over one full season. In fact, junior right tackle Kyle Hix is the “least experienced” of this threesome and has 14 career starts. Hall, Tanner, and Ulatoski are all fifth year players. The only new starter up front is Michael Huey at right guard. He is replacing Cedric Dockery who graduated after last season. Huey, from Kilgore, is a third-year lineman that has played in 26 games and started three at left guard last season in place of an injured Tanner.
Key reserves: David Snow and Britt Mitchell
David Snow is considered by the Texas coaching staff as a starter despite the fact he is not out there at the beginning of games. Snow appeared in every game last season as a true freshman out of Gilmer High School and even started the Kansas and Texas A&M games at center when Hall was out with injury. Snow can play all three interior positions. Another Kilgore product who figures to play a key role on the offensive line is back-up tackle Britt Mitchell. Mitchell has been a jack-of-all-trades on the Forty Acres as he has played guard, tackle, tight end, and back-up snapper on field goals and point after tries. This spring, Mitchell drew the praise of the offensive coaches as the light came on for Mitchell as he settled in at right tackle, but can also be used at left tackle if needed.
2010 Outlook The 2010 offensive line will be quite a remake for the Longhorns. The entire left side of the line including the center will have to be replaced as Ulatoski, Tanner, and Hall will all graduate. Right tackle Kyle Hix will likely flip over to the left side which should allow Tray Allen to slide down to the guard spot vacated by Tanner. Snow is a natural to step in for Hall and Mitchell should replace Hix. Michael Huey would keep his right guard spot.
Kyle Hix, SR
Michael Huey, SR
Tray Allen, SR
Britt Mitchell, SR
David Snow, JR
Steve Moore, rJR
Luke Poehlman, rSO
Mark Buchanon, rSO
Mason Walters, rFR or SO
Thomas Ashcraft, rFR or SO
Garrett Porter, rFR or SO
Paden Kelley, rFR or SO
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