After missing out on a couple of offensive lineman prospects this recruiting cycle, much has been made of the likelihood that tight end Jeremy Kerr will eventually slide over to the interior portion of the line.
While head coach Jimbo Fisher says that it's certainly a possibility, he maintains that Kerr will remain at tight end for the foreseeable future.
Currently at 6-foot-6 weighing 254 pounds, it's easy to see why many talent evaluators are high on Kerr and how he projects as an offensive tackle. But for now, Fisher says he plans to use Kerr primarily as a run-blocking tight end very similar to what Kevin Haplea and Ja'Baris Little have done for the Seminoles most recently.
"There's not a plan for that right now," Fisher said . "I think it's very important to have some big, physical tight ends at the point [of contact] when you're running the ball and running the stretch and doing some things on the edge so you can match up physically. I think he gives us some more physicality on the edge."
After losing Menelik Watson to the NFL draft, coupled with signing just one offensive tackle in this class, a new face will be forced to step in to that right offensive tackle spot. That said, there's going to be a lot of two tight end sets to help set the edge and establish the run game, something that Fisher sees as a real need.
"If he happens to grow like that, that's fine, but that's not the plan. The plan is to keep him on the edge and let him block. He really fills a need that we have in the offense."