Present and future: TE

The tight end position has undergone a bit of a transformation since Chad Morris arrived to Clemson with his hurry-up, no-huddle offense.

Tight End

In Morris' system, your tradition tight end position isn't so traditional. The 3-back position is a hybrid position, a mixture of the tight end/fullback/h-back. Clemson has four 3-backs on campus right now.

Dwayne Allen didn't have any problems with the change. He was third on the team with 50 catches for 598 yards and finished second with eight touchdown receptions. The Mackey Award winning tight end was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round.

Chief among the candidates to fill Allen's shoes is Brandon Ford, who caught 14 passes for 166 yards and two scores. Though Ford isn't as big and strong as Allen, his ball skills are just as good, if not better.

Redshirt sophomore Sam Cooper is the only other returning tight end to record a catch in 2011. He exited the spring as Ford's backup on the depth chart.

Set to fill in for Chad Diehl as a lead blocker is redshirt junior Darrell Smith. Smith a former defensive end, has played mostly on special teams during his Clemson career.

Former four-star prospect Eric MacLain took a redshirt last season, as did Stanton Seckinger, who made the move from wide receiver to tight end this spring.

Jay Jay McCullough is the only tight end on the Tigers' roster to sign at Clemson with Morris as the offensive coordinator. McCullough could avoid a redshirt this fall because he fits the true 3-back mold.

Jordan Leggett was the second commitment for Clemson in 2013.

Notable Options for 2013

Jordan Leggett
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound three-star jumped all over his offer from the Tigers while in town for the March Junior Day. He's now listed as the No. 29 tight end in the country, according to

Louisville, South Florida and UCF also offered at the time of his commitment to Clemson. Leggett has received interest from other schools but remains committed to the Tigers.

Josh McNeil
With Leggett in the fold, Clemson won't need to make much of a push for another tight end in 2013. But there's Josh McNeil, the No. 4 player at the position, and he recently listed the Tigers in his final 12 schools.

The four-star prospect lists Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami, N.C. State, Oregon, California, South Carolina, Clemson, East Carolina and Notre Dame.

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