clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

WATCH: Texas “Battle of the Belts” concludes with familiar winners

After six editions, Battle of the Belts is finished and some familiar names still hold the title

The sixth and final installment of Texas Longhorns football’s “Battle of the Belts” was released by Texas Sports Saturday, testing the stamina and strength of various Longhorn athletes. This week featured two challengers in each division (light, middle, and heavy weight) against the reigning champions.

The first up was the middle weights, where junior tight end Andrew Beck lost his title to fox end Naashon Hughes. Hughes will be relied on to have a huge season for Texas after recording 5.5 sacks last year.

In the “light weight” division, highly touted freshman safety Brandon Jones won after flawlessly executing the strength drills. Jones was subsequently lifted on the shoulders of his teammates.

But the main event was the “heavy weight” division, where freshman center Zach Shackelford was neck and neck with reigning champion Tristan Nickelson. However, the junior former JUCO transfer ended up pulling away from “Shack” for his third straight victory.

“It wasn’t fun,” was all a gassed Nickelson could say.

Who would’ve thought a preseason fitness competition would be Tristan Nickelson’s coming out party? The projected starting tackle claimed victory five of the six weeks in the competition.

The “Battle of the Belts” is a great introduction to Nickelson for the Texas fans, and Longhorn faithful can expect to see a lot of the big man this season. Matt Mattox announced Saturday that Kent Perkins will move to his more natural guard position so that Nickelson can start at right tackle.