Chippewa Tight Ends Look Solid

MOUNT PLEASANT - New Central Michigan University head football coach Brian Kelly likes the tight ends he has on the 2004 football team - he just wishes he had a couple more.

"We'll use as many as three tight ends in certain situations so depth is a real concern for us right now," Kelly said. "We have some quality people there but not enough. You'll probably see us recruit as many as four tight ends for the 2005 season."

In the meantime, Kelly is pleased with what seniors Tory Humphrey and Dave Kurzen give the Chippewa offense.

Humphrey is a 6-3, 244-pounder who returns for his fourth year as a starter. He has 60 career catches for 725 yards and seven touchdowns.

"With his 4.6 speed, Tory gives us a tight end who can stretch the field," Kelly said. "I think you'll see Tory have a great season because we like to utilize our tight ends."

Kurzen is a 6-6, 246-pounder who has caught 14 passes for 141 yards and a couple of scores in his three seasons.

"Dave is a more traditional tight end who is an excellent blocker," Kelly said.

Two others who will likely see action at tight end this fall will be versatile junior Troy Peyerk (6-0, 230) and sophomore Dave Condeni (6-4, 222).

Peyerk came to Central Michigan as a fullback, tried his hand at linebacker for awhile before moving back to fullback. The Chippewas rarely use a fullback but Kelly likes Peyerk's skill level.

"We want to get Troy on the field as much as we can," he said. "We'll use him some at tight end and fullback ... basically, an `H' back."

Peyerk caught two passes for 24 yards and one TD in 2003.

Condeni's progress has been slowed by injuries this fall. CMU opens the 2004 season at Indiana on Sept. 4.

Two walk-ons have left the CMU program -- junior safety Tyler Radtke (Griffith, Ind.) and freshman long snapper Mark Carrick (Charlotte).

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