2014 Player Analysis: Standish Dobard

Standish Dobard was a heavily recruited tight end out of high school. He played mostly on special teams as a true freshman in 2013 but is coming off a tremendous spring and should play a key role for the Hurricanes this fall.

As a recruit: Standish Dobard was recruited nationally out of Edna Karr High in Louisiana. He had offers from just about everyone including LSU, Alabama, Florida State, and Georgia. He grew up a Miami fan, and committed to the Canes early in the process. He never took any other visits during his senior season.

As a Hurricane: Dobard enrolled in time for the spring semester in 2013. He played as a reserve tight end against FAU, Savannah State, and USF. He finished with just one catch for 15 yards. His biggest role was on special teams. Dobard then turned in a tremendous spring, when Al Golden often praised him as being one of the team's most improved players. He finished the spring as the number one tight end on the depth chart.

What to expect: The physical tools are there for Dobard to have a very good sophomore season. Clive Walford missed most of spring with an injury, which limited his role in the spring. He's expected to be the primary pass-catcher there heading into the fall. However, Dobard should play a key role. The Canes have three legit pass-catching threats at the tight end position and so it'll be interesting to see which one emerges as the primary guy. It'll likely be Walford because of his talent and experience. Don't be a bit surprised, however, if Dobard takes over. He's big and physical enough to block and athletic and talented enough to catch lots of passes down the field. He should have a solid sophomore season before being ready to take over full-time after Walford and Beau Sandland leave following the 2014 season. As is the case with all three tight ends, a lot of his success in 2014 will depend on how well the starting quarterback and James Coley are able to get the ball to the tight ends. They're far too talented as a group not to play a major role and to help create mismatches.

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