Spring quotes to note: TE

Despite the departures of Mackey Award winner Dwayne Allen and longtime contributor Chad Diehl, there's still talent at the tight end position.

Brandon Ford gives the Tigers a reliable option to replace Dwayne Allen in 2012. (Getty Images)
Brandon Ford
Darrell Smith
Sam Cooper
Eric MacLain

"Now, the younger guys expect me to just lead and makes sure those guys take it from you. You don't want them going out there and thinking they can't do it. You just want to be that leader and show them. In the game, they're counting on you to do your job. Right now, I'm just practicing hard and getting the younger guys ready."

"Just being more consistent like Dwayne was. The guy played like 60-80 snaps [a game] last year. I'm trying to work myself right there."

"I think this is [Ford's] year. When this thing's over, if he does what he's capable of doing, he's another guy who has a chance to go play on the next level."
-Dabo Swinney

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