Impact Player '06: Tyson Devree

Other than the quarterback position, no one has bigger shoes to fill on the 2006 Colorado Buffaloes than a group of tight ends. Inside, BSN speaks with Tyson DeVree, the player likely to take most of the receptions in the stat sheet made last year by departed TEs Joe Klopfenstein and Quinn Sypniewski.

Tyson DeVree transferred to Colorado from Western Michigan after the 2004 season, then sat out the required year last year. DeVree was a second-team freshman all-American (Sporting News) in '03, and a second-team all-Mid American selection in 2004. He caught 55 passes and scored six touchdowns for WMU.

As a junior this fall, the 6-foot-6, 245-pound DeVree looks to be the main receiving target at the tight end position. Rangy, with good speed, DeVree spent last fall learning from Joe Klopfenstein and Quinn Sypniewski. He'll play a big part in filling their shoes in the coming months.

BSN: How hungry are you to get out there?
DeVree
: Very. Sitting a year out wasn't fun. I never want to do that again. I'm definitely looking forward to getting out there.

BSN: Did you gain anything from sitting out? Maybe learn something from the sidelines or in practice?
DeVree
: Yeah, it wasn't a loss or anything. I definitely did get better, stronger. Mentally I got a lot better. I learned a lot from Klop and Quinn because I practiced all last year.

BSN: Do you have a good feel yet how you'll be used in the offense?
DeVree
: Hopefully, as a pass threat.

BSN: Do you feel confident if another team lines up a linebacker on you, you can beat him?
DeVree
: Yeah, definitely. I can use my speed to get around them.

BSN: What 40 time did you run in May?
DeVree
: I ran a 4.6 flat.


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