OREGON STATE SURRENDERED a mind boggling 11 sacks in a 31-27 loss to Texas in the Alamo Bowl. The…
Tight end/H-Back cupboard stocked with youth
Riley was beaming over his tight ends toward the end of the bowl practices, though, a far cry from his attitude toward them earlier this fall. It's not easy to make Riley mad, but I tell you, the tight ends seemed capable of pulling it off.
Clute stood out the most to me this past year.
Tyler Perry (SO 6-5, 256) – For a while, I had Perry pegged as the guy to fill the void left by the graduating Colby Prince in 2013. But now that Hamlett has surpassed Perry (and arguably, Prince) as a tight end talent, I see Perry's role changing.
Perry is one of the better blocking tight ends that Locey/Riley have available to them right now, and that could be very useful moving forward and influece the H-Back spot. But Perry has struggled with staying healthy, and could afford to get in better football shape if he wants to fight for a job.
Caleb Smith (FR, 6-6, 264) At the head of the pack for the H-back slot once Connor Hamlett slides into starting tight end slot, perhaps? Or is he in line to fight it out for the No. 1 tight end?
Smith is a surprisingly fast tight end given his size and his hands have improved dramatically since the fall. He is a powerful athlete, and has a competitive streak that got him some playing time in 2012.
Riley likes Smith a lot – his name was mentioned frequently by the head man when the topic of the tight end corps was addressed during the fall and Texas prep work.
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