TCU safety Nick Orr (18) recovers a Texas fumble in the first quarter during the Texas at TCU game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. Texas lineman Patrick Vahe (77) is at left. (AMERICAN-STATESMAN / Rodolfo Gonzalez)

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Several in the mix at center, but Patrick Vahe not among them

Posted March 7th, 2016

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Charlie Strong mentioned four guys as possible replacements for center Taylor Doyle, but Patrick Vahe wasn’t one of them.

Vahe, a freshman All-American, will apparently stay at guard, leaving the center spot to be sorted out by sophomores Elijah Rodriguez and Terrell Cuney, early-enrollee Zach Shackelford and former junior college transfer Brandon Hodges, who redshirted last year.

“Hodges is a guy who’s very talented who has not come on for us,” Strong said. “He had an unbelievable (offseason).”

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Injuries: The running back room Strong raved about will be without Kirk Johnson, who is one of five players being held out of drills with injuries. The others are defensive end Derick Roberson, tight end Blake Whiteley, middle linebacker Dalton Santos (toe) and receiver Ty Templin.

Strong said Roberson will be “off and on.”

Without Johnson on the field, Tristian Houston climbs to No. 3 at running back behind Foreman and Warren. Katy’s Kyle Porter won’t arrive until this summer.

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