Spring Preview: Tight Ends

The Hurricanes will kick off spring football on Saturday, March 1. Lets take a closer look at the team coming back in 2014. This report focuses on the tight end position.

Clive Walford (6-4/260/R-Sr) -- After starting his first three seasons here, Walford made the decision to return to school for his senior season. That meant Miami will feature one of the league's best pass-catching tight ends. He's now caught 59 passes for 905 yards and six scores over the past two seasons combined. Stephen Morris didn't do a great job spreading the ball around so hopefully he'll be able to elevate his game even more with someone else throwing him the ball. He has an NFL future and could have a huge season if he's utilized right.

Beau Sandland (6-6/255/Sr) -- A former Junior College All-American, Sandland played in all 13 games last season but was used primarily as a blocker. He caught just nine passes for 94 yards and one score in those 13 games. He's too talented a pass-catcher to be limited like that, so it'll be interesting to see if his involvement changes now that Miami has a new quarterback at the helm.

Standish Dobard (6-4/260/So) -- A former nationally-recruited player, Dobard played in just three games and caught just one pass for 15 yards last season. Considering his talents and the fact that he started school in the spring, his lack of playing time and involvement in the passing game was a bit strange. He'll hope to elevate his game this spring.

Jake O'Donnell (6-7/250/R-So) -- A lightly recruited player from the state of Pennsylvania a couple years ago, O'Donnell was unable to see the field as a tight end in 2013. The converted defensive end will look to capitalize on some opportunities this spring.


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