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Battle For PT Heats Up As Pads Strapped On

Robison pushing Smith at MLB

The <I>snap, crackle, pop </I>heard 'round Denius Monday wasn't the latest breakfast cereal. That's the sound of the Horns donning pads for the first time. It's also the sound of guys waging personal battles for playing time. There is less of a drop-off between first- and second-team players than at any time during <B>Mack Brown</B>'s six-year tenure, the UT coach said. That's why the competition is still fast and furious for some starting spots that some thought had been nailed down long ago.

As much as we’ve raved about RS-freshman RT Justin Blalock (6-4, 340), his battle with RS-sophomore William Winston (a mere wisp of a lad at 6-7, 350) for Robbie Doane’s old spot is far from over. Winston played in all 13 games last season on FG and PAT units and saw action in six outings as a backup tackle. Blalock was a USA Today All-American at Plano East and was The Sporting News choice as the...

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