SPRING PEEK: TIGHT ENDS

Under former Black Knights Head Coach Todd Berry's offensive scheme, we often saw three wide outs, along with a single running back on the field at the same time. That often left the tight end as the fourth or fifth option in the passing game. Hence, the reception productivity from this position was practically non-existent.

The Black Knights have two tight ends with quality experience returning, in last year's starter, Doug Horaist (16 reps for 199 yards) and backup, Christian Montagliani (4 reps for 18 yards).  Look for Horaist and Montagliani to come out this spring to prove that the lack of productivity from the tight end position was more of a reflection of the offensive scheme.
Minus the lack of production, the Army coaches must be confident in the experience base of the aforementioned players, as well as the talent level of some other tight ends on their roster.

In particular, Tim Dunn (freshman) is a physical presence and he might be the one of the biggest and clearly the fastest of the returning group. Dunn's talents were notable last fall in practices and he'll get every chance to earn the starting job. Don't be surprised if he becomes a big part of Army's offense.
There is plenty more talent on this roster at the tight end position. That includes Corey Sherk (junior), Jared Ulekowski (sophomore), Paul Padegimas (freshman), David Green (freshman) and highly recruited Chase McCoy (freshman).  McCoy brings tremendous size to the position, but don't be surprised if he receives some reps this spring at offensive guard or even tackle.
Conclusion:  In Coach Ross' system, the tight may need to be more than just a solid blocker and the fourth option in the offense. Therefore this spring will offer the opportunity to see which player will step up and demonstrate the one quality that could separate him from the pack.  That player will have to be versatile – showing that he can not only block, but catch, run and produce YAC ("yards after the catch").

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