Fall Camp Analysis: TE

Fall Camp is now finished at Miami so lets take a close look at the tight end position heading into game week.

Miami must replace its most productive tight end in school history. Clive Walford, a finalist for the John Mackey Award last season, is now catching passes for the Oakland Raiders.

Standish Dobard was Walford's primary backup last season so he was given the first crack to replace him. The talented junior from Louisiana has been up to the challenge. While he may not provide the same pass-catching ability that Walford had, he is very talented and can also stay on the field as an effective blocker. He's had a solid camp and should emerge as one of the best tight ends in the ACC this season.

Sophomore Chris Herndon and redshirt freshman David Njoku are two very talented pass-catchers behind Dobard on the depth chart. Herndon is the fastest player in this group while Njoku has a tremendous leaping ability. Both players can be moved around because of their versatility. Expect both to see time as at tight end, H-Back, and even out wide as receivers at times. They're both extremely athletic and one of them could have a big season, even playing behind Dobard.

Junior Jake O'Donnell, a converted defensive end, won't ever be the pass-catcher the others are at this position but he's the biggest player here and is considered the best blocker of the group competing behind Dobard. O'Donnell's biggest role is expected to be whenever UM goes into its jumbo sets -- which will primarily be in short yardage situations.

Freshman Jerome Washington was lightly recruited but he came here for the spring semester and really started impressing the coaches. That early success carried into fall camp, and he now appears to be a big part of Miami's plans at this position. He's a lot like Dobard in that he's a big kid can who catch it and block. While playing time will be tough to come by because of the depth here look for Washington to see the field early on.

This is considered the deepest position on Miami's roster heading into the season.


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