Texas' Malcolm Roach(32) celebrates sacking UTEP's quarterback during the first half at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Bohls: Freshman Malcolm Roach may make an impact at a different position

Posted September 14th, 2016

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Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s Kirk’s take on some Bevo related items:

On what position Malcolm Roach could end up playing:

Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson is so impressed with freshman teammate Malcolm Roach that he sees a big upside in the physical specimen who’s playing defensive end. He’s so big at 260 pounds, I wouldn’t even be surprised if he winds up at defensive tackle. “He really could,” Jefferson said, “but he can run.”

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On why DeShon Elliott wasn’t called for targeting vs. Notre Dame:

In two weeks, the Big 12 has not called a single targeting penalty. (Big 12 supervisor of officials Walt) Anderson understood why Texas’ DeShon Elliott wasn’t called for targeting after a hit on Notre Dame’s Torii Hunter Jr. in the end zone. “I could see why that one wasn’t called on the field (by ACC refs). He’s (Elliott) making some attempt to get his head to the side. You’re going to occasionally have some contact to the head, but most of them are not fouls.

On Texas’ offensive line:

Connor Williams’ value at left tackle was understated because replacement Elijah Rodriguez just wasn’t up to the task against UTEP. The health of the offensive line and quarterback Shane Buechele are the biggest keys to Texas’ season.… Could freshman guard Patrick Hudson be redshirting? He might.

For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on the referee decisions at the end of the Oklahoma State game, what NFL head coach is his new favorite hero and the New England Patriots, click here.

 

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