Most freshmen who are recruited into a Division I football program–especially a program like Texas–aren’t expected to play right off, and instead are given time to learn offensive systems that are more complex than those they worked in during high school.
This may not be the case for Klein Collins’ Garrett Greenlea. His short-term future in the Burnt Orange is dependant on several factors.
With an offensive line that underperformed in 2010 and is far from solidified, it’s open season for anyone with drive and motivation to step up and earn their playing time.
Greenlea, a 6’7″, 300 pound offensive lineman, has all the tools to compete for substantial playing time as a freshman along with fellow newcomers Taylor Doyle and Josh Cochran.
Greenlea’s upper body strength, long arms, and athleticism help him to be an outstanding pull blocker, making things very difficult for opposing defensive tackles and even linebackers to pass through his area without a challenge.
If anything will stand in the way of Greenlea making an early appearance in 2011, it could be a knee injury suffered toward the end of his senior season at Klein Collins. After these types of injuries, coaches tend to fall on the cautious side to avoid further damage.
In the free-for-all at tackle during fall practices, any number of guys could emerge and become starters for the Longhorns. Garrett Greenlea has all the tools, and should be considered a favorite, to be one of those to emerge from the pack and be responsible for protecting the Texas quarterback.
Whomever it turns out to be.