March 29, 2007

Back where he belongs

KELSON'S SETTLING IN SLOWLY BUT SURELY

Drew Kelson was regarded as the country's top safety prospect when he signed with Texas in 2004, but things haven't exactly worked out the way everyone envisioned.

As a freshman, Kelson moved over to running back to absorb some of the late-game hits that Cedric Benson was taking, and he's spent his sophomore and junior seasons at linebackers. Throw in some injury problems for the blue-chip talent, and Kelson's overall production level hasn't shot off the charts like Longhorn fans were hoping.

This spring, the hard-hitting Kelson is back at safety, and he drew praise this week from Duane Akina for a variety of reasons, including his willingness to sacrifice himself and switch positions for the benefit of the team and his play of late in the defensive backfield.

"After our last scrimmage, he really started to move forward and he's showing up again," Akina said. "It's been really nice."

Kelson, who has been working at free safety beside Marcus Griffin, said he decided to make the move back to safety this year after talking with the coaches. It was the best way for him to make a contribution and help the team, but it hasn't necessarily been an easy transition.

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