Ball State First Year Head Coach Mike Neu wants to have production from the Tight End spot … it is just finding the right guy.
The Cardinals have had little production from the TE spot since the graduation of Zane Fakes in 2013. A season ago, the top TE receiver Dylan Curry (who has since graduated) had just 9 receptions. Enter in a new group of talented receivers to go with a 5th year senior, all vying for snaps and chances to be thrown to by Riley Neal.
Sam Brunner, the incumbent starter and 5th year senior, is slightly undersized (6-2 240) and has never been much of a receiver (7 receptions last season). Brunner has been a solid blocker and will surely continue to be so. He will be first in line to take the majority of the snaps this season, but will be pushed quickly for playing time if his productivity doesn’t show through.
The Cardinal offense welcomes in 5 newcomers that will push for playing time right away, two being redshirt freshmen who have had the benefit of a year in the program. The other three are talented and athletic true freshmen.
R-Fr Danny Pinter is a bigger, stronger target at 6-4 251. He has been solid both as a blocker and as a receiver in both spring ball and in fall camp.
Fellow R-Fr Kyle Schrank is a flex TE that will split out as much as he will play with his hand in the dirt. One of his high school’s all-time leading receivers, Schrank (6-3 232) is a solid route runner and has great hands.
Davis, 6-6 240, might be the best athlete with the most upside of the class. Givan (6-3 236), who played receiver in high school, is another solid pass catching target who is surprisingly explosive in the pass game. Koch, (6-4 240), is probably the best all-around TE in the group, bringing solid blocking and route running to the fold.