Spring Review -- Tight Ends

Spring football is over and the Hurricanes are now going into Phase Three, which is summer conditioning. Lets review the tight end play from the spring and what lies ahead.

The Players:
Asante Cleveland began the spring as the starter here and had a solid performance. Clive Walford, the top tight end from the 2011 season, was right behind him and finished neck and neck with Cleveland for the top spot.

Sophomore David Perry came to Miami as a defensive end and redshirted his first season before being switched to offense last season. He emerged as the third guy in this group and even caught a few passes in the spring game.

Dyron Dye came to Miami as a four-star defensive end recruit from central Florida. He was moved to tight end early in his career and became a blocking tight end last season, and even started a couple games. He was quiet this spring and barely played in the spring game.

Junior Billy Sanders has never played much and rarely played in the spring. He's buried on the depth chart. Junior Cory White came to Miami as a very lightly recruited offensive tackle and was switched to tight end early in his career. He's hardly ever played and missed the spring with an injury.

Best Guess Depth Chart:
Cleveland is slightly ahead of Walford going into the summer. Perry is third. Dye is probably four. Sanders and White are at the bottom.

What's Ahead:
The Canes didn't sign any tight ends in the 2012 recruiting class so they'll have the same six players in the fall. Look for Cleveland and Walford to be the main two guys, especially in the passing game. Walford will be looking to improve on some solid production numbers in 2011. Cleveland showed flashes as a freshman and will likely return to that form this season. They give Miami two decent tight end options but don't expect either to become an All-Conference player here.

Dye really needs to emerge as a legit blocking tight end, something he showed some at the end of last season. He will likely end up being the number three guy here. Perry could see time in certain situations but lacks the ability to impact a game from this position.


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