Player Capsule: Jared Bubak

Jared Bubak is one of two scholarship players who joined Arizona State in January after early high school graduation. Will that help his pathway to playing time in 2016? Here's our take.

Player Capsule: Jared Bubak

Position: Tight End

Eligibility: Freshman

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 245 pounds

2015 season quick review: Arrived in the program in January as a mid-year graduate out of high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he played quarterback as a senior. 

Tight ends coach Del Alexander on Bubak: "With Jared, what's interesting about him is just how eager he is and how inspired. He is excited to do everything and is very receptive to coaching and learning. He does everything at full speed and physically is already on point with the guys we have. He's right there. So the only thing is the technique and the time. He's got the right attitude so I think he's in good shape."

SunDevilSource.com analysis (06/16): At 6-foot-4 and nearly 250 pounds, Bubak is already bigger than the tight ends -- save Tommy Hudson -- who have arrived at ASU before him under this ASU staff: Chris Coyle, De'Marieya Nelson, Raymond Epps and Kody Kohl. Bubak gained 20-plus pounds in recent months after his high school season ended and he started transitioning from the quarterback position he played in high school to the position he'll play in college. 

Bubak also may have a better top-end gear than any of ASU's recent 3-backs. His 40-yard dash isn't great but Bubak has clocked 11.59 seconds in the 100 meters in high school, which is good for a football player of his size, even when he was significantly lighter. On film he often outruns much smaller high school players and moves well in the open field, with relatively light feet for the position. Though he isn't especially sudden athletically, Bubak gears up well and has a higher end than a lot of college level h-back types, so his range as a receiver is better than many, including what we've seen at ASU the last few years. 

We had the opportunity to watch Bubak play with his hand in the ground for the first time at the Semper Fi Bowl practices in January, and between then and the conclusion of ASU's spring practices he made significant improvement. Bubak now looks much more comfortable getting into a 3-point stance and using the proper technique releasing into a route or with blocking form, but it's still early in his development in this regard. It's going to take some time -- probably several years -- for Bubak to have the type of positional fluency that will enable him to play at a high Pac-12 level but he's got a lot of the tools that should enable it. 

Projected depth chart status: The Sun Devils should be able to redshirt Bubak and bring him along slowly as he transitions to the position.


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