2015 Preview: Boise State Tight Ends

Boise State has not sent a tight end to the National Football League since Derek Schouman in 2008. Given the current roster of talented tight ends, that could change soon.

Sophomores Jake Roh (6-3, 229) and Alec Dhaenens (6-3, 244) have helped to revitalize the tight end position after a couple of years in which the group was nearly forgotten.  And head coach Bryan Harsin and his staff have restoked the fire with more athletic recruits.  In fact, the outlook for Boise State tight ends may be the best it has ever been.

Roh caught 35 passes (third all-time at Boise State) for 408 yards and two touchdowns, while both of Dhaenens receptions went for six.  Roh’s 35 catches are the fourth-most by a freshman in school history.


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Dhaenens, the most physical player of the group, will be the primary fullback this fall, but has also been working on line play so we may see him there as well.  Alec became an instant threat around the goal line last fall, as both of his receptions went for two-yard touchdowns.      

Holden Huff (6-6, 226, Sr.), once the starter at Boise State, will now have to battle for playing time with the upstart youngsters.  Huff caught 10 passes for 128 yards last season, although he has had an excellent fall camp.

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Jake Hardee (6-3, 239, Sr.) from Boise’s Bishop Kelly High School is a three-time All-Mountain West academic selection.  Hardee started three games last fall and excels at run blocking.  Jake caught 5 balls for 73 yards and also snared a two-point conversion.  Hardee talked about the versatility of the Bronco tight ends.

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Hardee also spoke about the experience factor.

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Chase Blakly (6-4, 235), a product of Coeur d' Alene High School in Idaho, changed his mind about going to the University of Washington and signed with Boise State instead in 2014. Blakly, who put up career numbers of 99 receptions for 1,379 yards and 18 touchdowns, was rated as high as the #8 best tight end in the country. 

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David Lucero  (6-5, 230) joins Blakely as redshirt freshmen this year. Lucero hauled in 100 passes for 1,877 yards and 21 TD's at Holtville High School in California.

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With all the talent at tight end, new recruit Matt Pistone (6-3, 242) could redshirt.  Pistone was a commitment to Oregon State before switching to the Broncos, and was rated by ESPN as the #15 tight end in the country. Pistone helped Yuma Catholic High School in Arizona win back-to-back state championships, and amassed 74 catches for 1,036 yards and 26 touchdowns in his career.

The unique abilities of each tight end give offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz numerous options, including putting three or even four of them in at a time.  Their stellar play should make his job considerably easier.

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