The tight end position is probably the deepest and most talented position group on the entire team. There are five players in the mix here, and all of them could have an impact.
David Njoku and Chris Herndon are the two leaders coming back here. Both juniors were lightly recruited out of high school (Njoku from New Jersey and Herndon from Georgia) but both have made more than their share of plays since coming here. Njoku is an athletic freak who has a rare blend of size, speed, and leaping ability. It's almost as if he's a big wide receiver out there. Herndon is a more traditional tight end with the ability to make a bunch of big plays in the passing game. They both do different things well, and both have a chance to make a huge impact this fall -- especially when they're on the field at the same time together.
Stan Dobard came here as a four-star recruit from the state of Louisiana. A lot of people thought he'd become the next great tight end here. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened. He's now competing with a couple freshmen to be the team's third tight end. He can, however, provide more beef in the running game and that will likely end up being his biggest role as a senior.
The Canes have two true freshmen tight ends on campus - Michael Irvin Jr and Jovani Haskins. Irvin is the son of a legend and was very productive in high school despite not having top notch athleticism. Haskins is a kid the new staff really wanted back in January, and their efforts paid off when the New Jersey product chose to play here. Both players could factor into the mix but Irvin could end up being a redshirt candidate.
Another good thing about having a bunch of quality tight ends is they can all help on special teams, and expect that to be the case here with this group.