University of Miami

Post-Spring Analysis: TEs

Lets take a closer look at the tight end position as the Hurricanes head into the summer.

Going back over 20 years, Miami's had a great run of tight ends. They've produced several NFL players at the position and you have to believe there will be more when looking at this year's roster. The Hurricanes used three tight ends this spring, and all three are expected to play a key role in the success of the offense this fall.

Stan Dobard  caught a touchdown pass in the first spring scrimmage and a lot of people were excited about a possible breakout season. He was relatively quiet, however, in the next couple scrimmages and even suffered an injury in the team's spring game. Dobard, a former 4-star recruit from the state of Louisiana, has been quiet throughout his career here and his biggest role is expected to be as a blocker. He should be on the field in most short-yardage situations.

David Njoku came here from New Jersey and showed flashes of excellence last season. The talented redshirt sophomore displayed the ability to make big plays in the passing game last season and is expected to play a major role this season. He's the most versatile of the three tight ends and played in the slot, at fullback, and at H-Back this spring. He's a mismatch, athletically, for a lot of defenders and should be ready for a breakout season in 2016.

While Dobard is the team's best blocker at tight end and Njoku can move around and do different things, Chris Herndon is the team's most complete player at the position. The junior from Georgia made some plays last season but really elevated his game this spring. He was often considered the best player on the field in the spring game, catching six passes for almost 80 yards and a touchdown. If the spring is any indication, Herndon should also be in line for a breakout season.


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