After Dana Dimel's pre-Rice press conference, I got the opportunity to chat with Jonathan Pritchett, the Cougars fifth year junior, yes, junior tight end. If it seems as if he's been here a while, it is true, arriving in 1998, but not having and injury-free season since 1999. Jonathan received a medical red-shirt extending his eligibility. He will graduate in December with a finance degree and then start graduate school while he finishes his Cougar athletic endeavor.
Pritchett has beaten some stiff competition for the starting tight end position in JUCO All-Americans Jon Clark, Matt Mattox and red-shirt junior Steve Cucci. He said it was strange to have such good competition at the position especially after last season where there were no true tight ends available due to injuries.
At 6'4" and 255 pounds he is ready to get this season started and started right with a victory at Rice. "We certainly owe them one, we are excited and pumped." Last season there was an emphasis on the Rice game, this year he says that the team is working on it's execution rather than a specific first opponent.
While he is considered more of a traditional blocking tight end he says that there are a few plays for him to showcase his talent as a receiver, but that Jon Clark is more of a threat in that regard. "The tight end position has become a strength for this team because of the guys we now have here."
I asked Jonathan about this year's training table, "it's great" he said. I mentioned that I had heard that the upper-classmen had some fun with the freshmen "yeah, they had to perform a little, sing a song, dance a little or tell a joke, it was pretty funny."
It was enjoyable getting to spend a few minutes with the former Houston Touchdown Club Player of the Year semifinalist. Jonathan is a credit to our university, and great example of the fact that hard work can payoff. Good luck in 2002.
Eat ‘Em Up!