Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) throws a touchdown pass as offensive lineman Zach Shackelford (56) blocks against Texas Tech at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Nov. 24, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Following foot injury, Texas expects Zach Shackelford to resume role as starting center

Posted October 4th, 2018

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Texas center Zach Shackelford will likely start when UT plays Oklahoma this weekend, head coach Tom Herman said on Thursday.

Shackelford missed three games earlier this season with a foot injury. He came off the bench and played 15 snaps during last week’s 19-14 win at Kansas State. Texas co-offensive coordinator Herb Hard told reporters on Wednesday that Shackelford would have graded out at a championship level had he played enough.

A 6-4, 305-pound junior from Belton, Shackelford has started 18 times in his career.

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With Shackelford returning to the starting line-up, senior Elijah Rodriguez will slide over to right guard. Rodriguez had been UT’s starting center for the past four games. Freshman Samuel Cosmi will continue to start at right tackle.

Sophomore Derek Kerstetter, who has started at right guard and right tackle this season, is the odd man out. Herman said Kerstetter will still play against the Sooners.

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