After Mackey Award Watchlist member Jake Roh, only Alec Dhaenens has seen the field as a Tight End for Boise State, playing in 27 games in two seasons. While he has maximized his chances with four career catches for three touchdowns, Dhaenens will need to be more than just a blocking tight end to take pressure off Roh and make it worthwhile for coaches to insert him into the lineup full time.
Without a senior tight end on the roster, Boise State will rely on a talented youth movement for depth at the position. Redshirt sophomore Chase Blakely is a former four-star recruit who came into campus with a ton of fanfare and promise, but an injury shelved him for the entirety of the 2015 season. He is aching to get back. The readiness of Blakely and Auburn track and field transfer Jake Knight will be needed for both production and depth.
Redshirt freshman Matt Pistone was a touted recruit in the 2015 class, and is very talented in all aspects of the position. He will see some playing time this year, and his development over the last year will decide whether it's with the offense or predominantly on special teams.
The likelihood that a true freshman sees the field is minimal, not that Nick Crabtree and John Bates lack the talent to do so. It's simply a numbers game. Unless the equation changes and the coaches' hand is forced, they will likely redshirt.
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