Not Many Troops

There are not many troops at the tight end position but <B>Ben Troupe</B> does return for his final season. This athletic tight end could have a big year at Florida in 03. Here is the UFI tight end spring preview.

Spring Preview 2003

Tight End

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) - Has seen action in 25 games over his career and possesses NFL ability and talent.  He had 14 catches including some marvelous plays versus Georgia in the big win.  Suffered the high ankle sprain and it really hurt UF's redzone attack against FSU.

Stengths:  Athletic ability, great speed and good hands.
Weakness:  Work ethic in practice.  Must realize this is his final chance and respond to the challenge.

David Kenner (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 end set.

Strengths:  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.

Strengths:  Unselfish, good hands likes running routes in traffic.
Weakness:  Needs more weight and strength.  Must develop into an "adequate" blocker.

Darrell Carpenter (Junior) - Had 3 receptions last season  and a touchdown against South Carolina.  Very good special teams player who likes to compete.

Strengths:  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:

  1. Ben Troupe
  2. David Kenner
  3. OJ Small
  4. Darrell Carpenter

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