March 28, 2007

Leader of the pack

The Texas Longhorns have churned out an impressive resume of tight ends in the past five years, including Bo Scaife and David Thomas, who are both making a nice living plying their trade in the NFL. Last year, Jermichael Finley made a name for himself, catching more balls in his redshirt freshman season than any other freshman tight end in the history of the Longhorn program.

Finley returns this spring and while he's still a bit wet behind the ears in terms of game experience, he's the unquestioned leader for Texas at the tight end position, and he said this week that he's taking it upon himself to help get some of the more inexperienced players read to contribute.

Behind Finley on the depth chart sit only two scholarship tight ends, Peter Ullman and recently converted wide receiver Josh Marshall.

Ullman, a junior out of Round Rock, actually has more years in the program than does Finley, but he's seen very limited action and has recorded only two receptions in his career. Marshall, a redshirt freshman, is completely new to the position, making the switch from wide receiver earlier this week.

"Peter is coming along great. He's stepping in and doing a good job," Finley said. "He's a good blocking tight end. I look at his blocking because that's what I can be working on."

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