Spring Preview: Tight End

Inside, a look at the tight end position as Colorado prepares to begin spring practices Monday.

One of the questions coming into spring practice is finding out how the new offensive staff will use the tight end position in its offense. The tight end position was involved in the Boise State offense under Dan Hawkins.

CU offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich was the passing game coordinator at Arizona State the past few years, and the Sun Devils utilized the tight end/H-back in their offense, as sophomore TE Zach Miller (a name people who follow Colorado recruiting will remember) was the team's third-leading receiver last season.

In Boulder, transfer Tyson DeVree had 55 receptions in two seasons at Western Michigan before transferring to Colorado last year and sitting out the transfer season. At 6-foot-6, DeVree is a big target, and he looked good in scrimmages last spring. Also squarely in the mix is redshirt-freshman Riar Geer, who has put on some weight since coming in after a career as a high school quarterback.

Senior Paul Creighton has lots of experience, but solely as a blocking tight end or fullback. Fellow senior Dan Goettsch, a walk-on, also has game experience. After that, three walk-ons fill out the roster.

The Roster
&Justin Adams, So., 6-1, 225*
@Career stats: Has not played.

Paul Creighton, Sr., 6-5, 245
Career stats: No receptions.

Tyson DeVree, Jr., 6-6, 245
Career stats: Has not played.

&Brandon English, Sr., 6-4, 235
Career stats: Has not played.

Riar Geer, R-Fr., 6-3, 245
Career stats: Has not played.

&Dan Goettsch, Sr., 6-5, 245
Career stats: 3-8 yards.

&Devin Shanahan, R-Fr., 6-5, 210
Career stats: Has not played.

Players lost: Joe Klopfenstein, Quinn Sypniewski.

*Vitals for all players are per CU SID as of March 6.
@ Career stats do not include bowl game appearances.
& Walk-on.

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