Where are the tight ends behind Walford?

Senior tight end Clive Walford leads Miami in receptions this season and the talented senior has been a consistent performer all season. Read on for a complete analysis of the tight end position through the first seven games of the season.

Miami fans were excited when Clive Walford, who finished last season as one of the league's most productive tight ends, decided to return for his senior season.

Through the first seven games of the season, Brad Kaaya and Miami's coaches are probably pretty happy he made that decision too.

Walford leads Miami's team with 23 receptions. He caught the team's first touchdown of the season in the opener against Louisville and has been solid ever since. After two solid performances against Florida A&M and Arkansas State, Walford went back to work against Nebraska and turned in his best performance of the season. He caught seven passes for 80 yards and a score against the Huskers. After a pair of sub-par performances against Duke and Georgia Tech, Walford returned to the endzone this past weekend against Cincinnati.

The talented senior is on pace to catch 40 passes for 525 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He's playing good football for the Hurricanes and is likely going to be drafted in the middle rounds in next April's NFL Draft.

There's been a major dropoff in both playing time and production after Walford.

Sophomore Standish Dobard has played in six games (and started one) but has just a few targets on the season and his only catch went for 20 yards against Nebraska. He's simply not been a trusted target, for whatever reason, in Miami's offense this season. That's strange considering how excited the coaches were about him after a strong spring and the fact that he has a very impressive combination of size, speed, and athleticism.

Jake O'Donnell is the team's third tight end as a blocker and Chris Herndon is the team's third tight end as a pass-catcher. They've each played in just three games -- Florida A&M, Arkansas State, and Cincinnati -- so neither one is anywhere near the field when the game is close.

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