Ranking the Roster: TE

College football season is now less than two months away so it's time to break down the current roster. Today, we take a closer look at the tight end position.

1. Standish Dobard -- Clive Walford set all kinds of records for tight ends at Miami last season and was selected high in the NFL Draft. A lot of people believe Dobard has that type of ability - and then some. He played in all 13 games as a sophomore last season, starting three of them, and showed flashes of game-changing ability against Florida State. He has a rare combo ability to block, run, and catch and should pick right up where Walford left off last season. If he stays healthy and earns the respect of Brad Kaaya the way Walford did early on, there's every reason to believe he'll become one of the most productive tight ends in all of college football.

2. Chris Herndon -- A very talented player from the state of Georgia, Herndon saw action in just three games as a true freshman last season. Still, he was good enough early on to see the field. UM coaches have raved about his ability and upside. The number two spot here behind Dobard is wide open, and I have every reason to believe that Herndon will take control of it and become a potential difference-maker on the field this season.

3. David Njoku -- The smallest - and probably most athletic - of the group of tight ends, Njoku redshirted last season. He came here as a wide receiver, got moved to linebacker for a short time, and then ended up settling in as an H-Back. He went through spring there, and now seems ready to make an impact on the field. His athleticism alone will give him a chance to make a difference. The challenge will be transitioning into being an every down player at a position he's never really played in a game.

4. Jerome Washington -- A Junior College transfer with four years of eligibility left, Washington took an interesting path to Miami. He was lightly recruited but seems to have excellent ability. He enrolled early for the spring semester and went through spring football with the team. He showed flashes of being able to contribute right away. He has a nice blend of size, speed, and overall athleticism.

5. Jake O'Donnell -- A lightly recruited player out of Pennsylvania, O'Donnell was offered a scholarship following his performance at one of Miami's summer camps before his senior season in high school. He came here as a defensive end but was quickly moved to the offensive side of the ball, where he's seen action in just six games in three years. He has one career catch, and is expected to be used mainly as a blocker in multiple tight end sets.


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