With the emergence of sophomore Jay Jay Wilson this season, Arizona State appears to be in good shape at tight end in 2017 even as it will lose senior stalwart Kody Kohl.
As a first-year offensive coordinator, Chip Lindsey showed an Air Raid-styled passing offense that is much less reliant on throwing the football. ASU doesn't need and likely won't use as many tight ends as it did under its previous offensive coordinator, even though the Sun Devils did still at times get into heavier formations including the Sparky and some double tight end looks.
Kohl and Wilson combined for just 11 catches in 2016 and were not heavily targeted.
Whereas in the past ASU preferred to have five or six tight ends on the roster, we may see that number slightly decrease and a comparable uptick in the wide receivers on scholarship.
Raymond Epps, who has played a lot at times over the past two years, is the top returning reserve after Wilson. Epps played a decent amount as a junior but as Wilson emerged, he became the clear-cut No. 2 player behind Kohl in terms of reps.
ASU also has young players Thomas Hudson and Jared Bubak in the fold, which should give the Sun Devils some depth at the position. Hudson has also taken reps as a defensive end, a sign that his position may be in flux in 2017. Grant Martinez is on the roster, but injuries have been the overriding storyline of his career.
Scottsdale Saguaro tight end Jared Poplawski has been committed to the program as a member of the 2017 class since June. He has enough versatility to eventually be able to do the things asked of Kohl in the offense this year.
Junior college prospect Mik’quan Deane is someone ASU has had on campus. Washington based prospect Ben Moos’ older brother Bo played defensive tackle for ASU. He also could play defensive line in college. ASU could very well elect to not take another tight end in this class due to its philosophical approach to offense under Lindsey.