Caldwell Replaces Ugoh on the O-Line w/ Charlie Johnson

Left tackle Tony Ugoh is out of a starting job on the O-line. Coach Jim Caldwell has replaced Ugoh with Charlie Johnson, and Johnson is expected to start Friday’s preseason opener at home against Minnesota.

Ugoh took over the position when Tarik Glenn retired after the Colts won the Super Bowl in 2007. Since then, Ugoh has started 23 regular-season games, helping protect quarterback Peyton Manning’s blindside.

“I always look forward to a challenge,” the soft-spoken Ugoh said Tuesday after a morning practice. “I don’t like getting beat. I’m a perfectionist. I take getting beat kind of hard.”

Caldwell said he told Ugoh of the decision before organized team activities, and Ugoh didn’t improve enough during the offseason to change Caldwell’s mind.

“He’s a talented guy,” he said. “His rookie year, I think he performed well. We’re just anticipating that he’s going to make a leap here shortly. This is his third year, and we’re just looking for overall improvement.”


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