Texas coach Charlie Strong celebrates with defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway after he sacked Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph in the fourth quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Vance Bedford wants freshmen to help build Texas’ depth

Posted March 30th, 2016

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Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford has a gaping hole at defensive tackle with Tank Jackson’s graduation and Hassan Ridgeway leaving early for the NFL draft.

Currently, Poona Ford, Paul Boyette, Chris Nelson and Jake McMillon are all rotating in at that position. “We don’t have a lot of depth at this time,” Bedford said.

Help is on the way with incoming signees D’Andre Christmas-Giles, Chris Daniels and Jordan Elliott. Marcel Southall and Gerald Wilbon could provide even more depth.

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“If you are 300 pounds, you will play for us when you come in as a true freshman,” Bedford said.

Briefly: Bedford said linebacker Anthony Wheeler has taken “gigantic steps,” showing good movement in pass coverage. And Breckyn Hager may be the team’s best blitzer. “Quarterback, look out because he’s coming full speed ahead,” Bedford said. … S Jason Hall earned praise for being better aligned on the field and reading the offense. … Incoming freshman linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch will be expected to play at least 20 plays per game to give the veterans some rest during games, Bedford said.

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