USA Today/Kim Klement

FSU Position Breakdown: Tight End

Florida State has a full cupboard at tight end for the 2016 season, but who will see the field?

Depth Chart

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team 5th Team
Ryan Izzo Mavin Saunders Jeremy Kerr Jalen Wilkerson Naseir Upshur

Izzo is the returning starter for the Seminoles, and the expectations for his redshirt sophomore season are very high. Izzo is an above average blocker that is also a very good receiver. He caught 14 passes for 210 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2015. He is the most complete tight end on the Florida State roster and figures to be a major target for whichever quarterback wins the starting job.

After Izzo, the tight end group becomes situational. Mavin Saunders is listed as second on the depth chart, but will only be used in passing situations. Saunders is a great athlete, but struggles mightily as a blocker. He fluctuated between the wide receiver position and tight end during the spring, but started the spring game as the tight end for the Gold team. He caught 6 passes for 52 yards in 2015.

Jeremy Kerr is the blocking tight end of the group. At 6-foot-6, 250-pounds many thought that he would move to offensive tackle when he was recruited, but he has stayed at tight end. Kerr is not a threat in the passing game, though he did have one catch for one yard and one touchdown, against Florida no less, in 2015. It is the only catch of his career. 

Jalen Wilkerson redshirted in 2015, and it's difficult to imagine him seeing the field as a tight end in 2016 unless there is a blowout in progress. Naseir Upshur is a likely redshirt candidate, but he could be used on special teams. 


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