Spring Preview 2003
The tight end position should be a real battle in
the spring. Ben Troupe is the
incumbent, but Ron Zook went out and got him a legit #2 in David Kenner.
OJ Small will move inside giving Offensive Coordinator Ed Zaunbreaker a
"Chris Doering-Kirk Kirkpatrick" type to work matchup advantages.
Darrell Carpenter also returns after filling in nicely down the stretch.
Ben Troupe (Senior)
Athletic ability, great speed and good hands.
Weakness: Work ethic in practice. Must realize this is his final chance and respond to the challenge.
(Junior) - A JUCO Honorable Mention All-American.
Very good size and a dominating blocker at 6'4" 255.
He will replace Aaron Walker and be a starter right away in the two tight
Good size, experienced run blocker.
Weakness: Must adapt quickly to new system and playing level.
OJ Small (Junior) - He caught 15 passes a year ago and had his first career start at FSU. He is not fast enough to be on the perimeter but is tough and talented to work the middle of the field. One of the best play call of the year was the short yardage play with Rex hitting OJ from the tight end position against Tennessee. That was during the fourth quarter drive that sealed the Vols fate.
Unselfish, good hands likes running routes in traffic.
Weakness: Needs more weight and strength. Must develop into an "adequate" blocker.
Darrell Carpenter (Junior)
Great attitude and good hands.
Weakness: Needs to add weight and strength in the off-season to really get into the mix.
Post Spring Depth Chart:
- David Kenner
- OJ Small
- Darrell Carpenter