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Colts offensive tackle Ugoh progressing nicely

The sudden retirement of offensive tackle Tarik Glenn has all of a sudden accelerated the growth of rookie OT Tony Ugoh.  But fortunately, Ugoh is coming along quite nicely, considering the circumstances involved.  As reported by Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, the best endorsement of Ugoh and his progress so far has come from Colts offensive line coach Howard Mudd. 

Mudd told the Star, “I think he’s done quite well.  Is he a finished product?  No, not by a long ways.  But some of the other people who have played for a long time aren’t finished (products) either.  I’m OK with where he is. He’s acceptable as it is.”  After nearly a month of practices and three preseason games, Mudd was convinced that Ugoh should start at offensive tackle.  But that doesn’t come without its little problems. 

A good example was against the Detroit Lions last Saturday.  Ugoh was fooled into one of quarterback Peyton Manning’s play changes, Manning changing what was originally a run play into a pass play.  The end result was Manning getting sacked for a 13-yard loss.  But I would expect that Ugoh will learn from that error and improve upon that.

Yes, Ugoh is an unfinished product, so to speak, but at this rate of progress, he should man the OT position just fine.  Nothing that a little fine-tuning and lots of game experience wouldn’t cure.  And mark my words – he will for all intents and purposes pick up where Glenn left off, which for the Colts, is a very good thing.

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