It appears junior Riar Geer will be in camp and play this fall after being suspended from the team during the spring for off-field issues. That's a huge boost to the offense, who would have gone into 2008 with virtually no experienced players at the position. Geer led the team in receptions in 2006, and is important in the Buffs' running game as a blocker.
In his absence during the spring, junior Patrick Devenny saw a lot of reps, and looked good as a receiver, particularly when he beat safeties down the middle of the field. If CU develops an explosive running game this fall, watch for opposing safeties to creep up, leaving the tight end open for big plays.
But CU uses more than two tight ends in its offense. Ideally, they'd like to have five solid options at the position during the season. While juniors Devin Shanahan and Luke Walters, both walk-ons, will be in the mix, someone from a group of rookies – Ryan Deehan, Will Pericak and Ryan Wallace – will likely be placed on the fast track to playing time.