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2016 LSU Football Position Preview: Tight Ends

In the latest edition of Tiger Blitz’ Position Preview series, Josh takes a look at the tight end group for the 2016-17 season.

The tight end position has been a conundrum for LSU and has taken a backseat due to a lack of quarterback production in recent seasons. Colin Jeter’s 12 receptions last season were the most by a tight end since 2011 — when Deangelo Peterson caught 19 passes. 

Returners: Colin Jeter (Sr.), Desean Smith (Jr.), Foster Moreau (So.), Jacory Washington (So.)

Incoming players: Jamal Pettigrew, 6-7, 250, Fr. - New Orleans, Louisiana (Saint Augustine High School), Caleb Roddy, 6-5, 276, Fr. - Denham Springs, Louisiana (Denham Springs High School), Zach Von Rosenberg, 6-5, 250, Fr. - Zachary, Louisiana (Zachary High School)

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Colin Jeter and Desean Smith were the only two tight ends to record catches last season and combined for one touchdown. Most of their production came from run blocking where guys like Dillon Gordon, Foster Moreau shined in blocking downs.

2016 Outlook

LSU’s run heavy offense requires all of its pass catchers to be able to block when the time comes. Jeter and Moreau have shown to be able to hold their, but the Tigers have struggled to get them involved in the passing game. If LSU plans to spread the ball out more, tight ends will likely be apart of that equation. 

Smith is the best pass catching tight end for the Tigers, think back to the 2014 Music City Bowl when he hauled in four passes for 66 yards and two of those catches were for 20 plus yards. LSU has spent an “inordinate” amount of time working on the passing game and the tight end position could be a good security blank for Harris. 

The Unknown

Colin Jeter is the definite starter of this group, but who becomes the go-to-guy at tight end?

There’s multiple talented guys on this roster that can fill that void, and one of them is a new kid on the block. Caleb Roddy, who was recruited as defensive end, has moved to tight end and could come in and contribute immediately. 

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Foster Moreau said he’s “quicker” than Jeter and Les Miles raved about his blocking skills and liken him to a “horse”.

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