August 14, 2007

The Forty Acres Report: J-Mike has some help


In regards to the Longhorn tight ends, all of the pre-season talk has centered on sophomore Jermichael Finley. And why not? The standout pass catcher set the Texas freshman record for receptions by a tight end, and he's expected to dramatically improve on those numbers this season.

But according to Finley, he's not the only Texas tight end about which opponents will have to worry. True freshman Blaine Irby and redshirt freshman Josh Marshall have flashed their pass catching potential this summer, and Peter Ullman has been his usual stellar self in the blocking game.

"Blaine Irby is just like a DT (David Thomas). Josh Marshall is a Bo Scaife. They're just going to go out there and play and do their thing," Finley said. Ullman is a blocker. He's not going to go out and beat you with his feet. But we need that. We need a combination of blockers and receivers."

Speaking of blocking, Finley put in some extra time this off-season working to improve his skills, including going through some drills with the offensive line and the tackles in particular.

"The whole offensive line has been helping with my blocking. They've said, 'just come over here in our drills since you came in as a receiver.' Now my blocking has increased. It used to be horrible. People talk down on my blocking but I've come a long way and it's going to show on the field."

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