We’re breaking down what we think will be Texas’ starting lineup. We’re doing two a day, one offensive and one defensive player, in alphabetical order on both sides.
Senior offensive tackle, 6-5, 300
High school: Westlake
Signing class: 2018 (grad transfer from Rice)
Career games: 0 (36 at Rice)
Career starts: 0 (36 at Rice)
Who he was — before Texas
Anderson was an under-recruited offensive lineman out of Westlake in Austin. He was rated a two-star by 247Sports and his only reported offer was from Rice, which he signed with in 2014. Anderson, who was listed at 240 pounds when he graduated high school, did a great job reshaping his body once he arrived at Rice. He added weight and strength, which earned him starts at left tackle for three consecutive seasons. Anderson started 36 games at Rice and was a two-time All-Conference USA selection.
Who Anderson has been here — so far
Anderson wasn’t courted by programs as a prep recruit. That changed as a grad transfer. He was the top priority along the offensive line for numerous power programs, including Oklahoma and Auburn. Texas won out and Anderson arrived, officially, on campus this summer. Texas needs a replacement for Connor Williams and the job was always Anderson’s to lose. He should also be given some credit with the successful recruitment of fellow grad transfer Tre Watson.
Who Texas needs him to be this season
Anderson was signed and brought to Austin for one sole purpose — to be an immediate starter. Anything short of that would be considered a failure. He wasn’t allowed to enroll at UT and go through spring football until getting a degree from Rice. So he didn’t actually get to participate in a UT practice until August. That’s why UT coach Tom Herman constantly hedged his bets when asked about Anderson. “If he does what we think he can …,” Herman said several times.
Fortunately for Texas, Anderson hasn’t disappointed. Herman said Monday that Anderson will start at left tackle while Denzel Okafor will be his backup. The Horns need someone to protect the quarterback’s blind side. If Anderson can do that all season long, his tenure here will be considered a smashing success.
Filling in the lineup
So far …
LT — Calvin Anderson is back where he started (playing football in Austin)
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