Texas junior Tray Allen, a highly recruited offensive lineman from South Grand Prairie, has been getting reps at defensive tackle since late last week.
The news was reported first by Orangebloods on its website and has since been confirmed through a few phone calls.
The move isn't a full position switch, like John Chiles moving from quarterback to receiver or Henry Melton from running back to defensive lineman. Allen is still considered an offensive lineman for the time being. But Texas isn't especially deep at defensive tackle, a position Allen (6-5, 315) played in high school as a three-way starter. And the experiment fits with previous cross-training during the Mack Brown era, going all the way back to Mike Williams practicing on the offensive and defensive line early in his Texas career.
Allen was ranked as the state's top senior offensive lineman in the Class of 2007 and the third best overall Texas prospect by Rivals.com.