A Look Ahead: Tight Ends

The Cats need to replace their top two tight ends. Steve Fleming and Clarence McRae have graduated and that leaves the Cats with just one tight end to see any significant action.

Starters Returning:None

Others Returning:Ryan Kilpatrick, So.; Brad Wood. Jr.; Travis Bell, Fr. (redshirt)

Players Lost:Steve Fleming (graduation), Clarence McRae (gradiuation)

Recruits Added:Brandyn McCall, Paul Nichols, Adam Grant.

2006 Plans: The Cats don't have any senior receivers, but will likely add one tight end recruit.

2005 INCOMING PLAYER PROFILES:

Adam Grant
TE, 6-7, 250
Puyallup HS, Puyallup, WA

36th ranked tight end in the nation

Description:Tall, rangy tight end that has a lot of athleticism for a player of his size. Has decent hands, but really was not used much as a pass catcher. He is a good blocker and is also quite strong. He may be able to bulk up and play tackle down the line.

Bio:Two sport star who played tight end as well as defensive tackle. Schools were mixed on what position he could play in college. Some liked him as a defensive player, but he preferred offense. He originally committed to Washington but changed his mind after the firing of Keith Gilbertson. First-team all-state and All-SPSL South as a senior with 14 catches for 185 yards and one touchdown.

2005 Outlook:Grant could redshirt candidate as he tries to add bulk, but if he comes in strong he could compete for time at tight end. The Wildcats have no returning tight ends with experience save for Brad Wood and he is likely to see a lot of time at h-back. There is a chance he could play tackle down the line, especially if it looks like that could be his ticket to the next level.

Quote:"I want to start at tight end but if I am asked to move and change positions I will do that. I think they will get better and better. In a couple of years they will be competing for championships." --Adam Grant

Brandyn McCall
TE, 6'5, 235
Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA

3rd ranked JC tight end in the nation

Description:McCall is a very athletic and able tight end. He possesses good speed for a tight end and above average hands for an end his size. His hands are soft and his concentration while the ball is in the air is what it needs to be. He could get stronger, and will at Arizona, but he is a great replacement for outgoing senior tight end Steve Fleming. McCall is an above average blocker at the point of contact.

Bio: McCall did not put up huge numbers for Golden West thanks to a run first offense. He earned Honorable Mention All-America honors by the NJCAA. He is originally from Hawaii's Mid-Pacific Institute. McCall chose Arizona over Missouri, Oregon and Hawaii.

2005 Outlook:McCall will be counted on to pick up where Steve Fleming left off. He certainly has the ability to do so and will have the added advantage of participating in spring practice. He is rooming with fellow incoming tight end Paul Nichols

Quote: ""I saw the depth chart and I knew that I could go in and play and earn my spot on the team. Coach Stoops has the program going in the right direction and I am happy to be a part of it." --Brandyn McCall

"I am really looking forward to having him (McCall) come in and fill in and take off where Steve (Fleming) left off," said Canales. "With his size and playmaking ability he gives us another legitimate threat in the passing game and the running game. He can catch the ball and he is a good, solid blocker too."--Mike Canales

Paul Nichols
TE/H-back, 6'4, 235
Coffeyvill (Kansas) Junior College

4th ranked JUCO tight end in the nation

Description:Nichols is a hard nosed block first tight end that will see a lot of time at h-back and even some fullback to go with his backup tight end duties. Nichols has soft hands, good speed and he plays with a high level of tenacity. He loves to block and will do whatever he can to help the program.

Bio: Not recruited out of high school, Nichols went to Coffeyville to play any position that he could and he ended up earning honorable mention All-America honors for his work during his sophomore year at the Kansas JC. Nichols has 3 years to play 2.

2005 Outlook:Nichols looks to take the place of departing senior tight end Clarence McRae. Will be used primarily as a blocker but he has the ability to run solid routes and is more than capable of being a legitimate receiving threat.

Quote: I know they like me as a fullback and they want to use me in different ways," he said. "I met with Coach (Kasey) Dunn and he said that they would use me in all kinds of ways at fullback and tight end and h-back. He said they would maximize by athleticism."--Paul Nichols

"Paul is a great double or triple threat," said Canales. "He is a ‘tweener' meaning he is a good tight end but he has the ability and willingness to mix it up and be a lad blocker and a good blocker on the edge. He fits the fullback mold perfectly so he is a great addition to go with Pedro (Limon) and Brandyn."--Mike Canales


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