At 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, many thought that Tinch may make the transition to tight end during spring practice, however, when practice began in late March, he remained in the receiver spot and was the source of a number of highlight reel type catches.
He seemed to be in his best form of his Cardinal career, which includes 39 receptions for 930 yards and five touchdowns in 26 career games.
"Over this year I studied a lot of film and it just came real easy for me, because I know different coverages," Tinch explained. "Coach showed me a lot of things over this off season, so now it is comes easy."
He also credits his time spent working with returning First Team All-Conference USA quarterback Stefan LeFors.
"Stefan and I worked a lot together since I came back from basketball and our timing has been perfect all spring practice," said Tinch. "Things are clicking now, so you should see a lot of Stefan to Joshua Tinch this year."
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While he recorded 6 catches for 138-yards and two touchdowns, helping the Red Team to a 49-10 victory, he also helped provide blocking from the fullback and tight end positions.
"We are going to do a lot of disguises," Tinch said of his multiple formations. "You'll probably see me at fullback, you'll see me at tight end and you'll see me at wideout, just to show teams that it will hard to match up with us."
Having Tinch lining up at those spots, in addition to receiver, without question create mismatches for opposing defenses. More often than not, Tinch will find a linebacker attempting to cover him as he comes off the line or out of the backfield and that's a match up that Tinch will win more often than not.