After playing in 13 games and catching two touchdowns as a freshman, University of Louisville tight end Charles Standberry was ready to become a key weapon on the offense last season.
But Stanberry was switched to wide receiver in the spring and lost some weight to play that position, only to be switched back to tight end when the Cardinals were thin at that position because of injuries.
"It was disappointing," Standberry said of his sophomore season when he finished with just six catches for 71 yards, noting that he was "too weak" because of his lack to weight to play the position.
The 6-foot-3 Standberry has gained 21 pounds since the Music City Bowl Game in December and now weighs 241 pounds and said he's now ready to contribute for the Cardinals at tight end.
"I just made sure I ate three times a day and ate healthy," Standberry said. "I got a lot stronger and a lot bigger.
"I didn't feel like I could get the push I could get off the line. I needed to get stronger to play the position."
Standberry said he was "expecting a big year," last year but it now hoping that will come this season for him.
"It didn't turn out like I wanted it too," he said. "But I'm working hard, doing the little things and hoping it will this year."