Spring Preview - Tight Ends

The tight ends should be a solid group for the Hurricanes in 2004 despite the early departure of Kellen Winslow to the NFL Draft. Four players will be competing for playing time in the spring with Kevin Everett as the favorite to be the starter in the season opener.

Coach: Mario Cristobal (1st Year). Cristobal joined the Miami staff in January returning to his hometown. He joins Miami after spending the last three years at Rutgers as a tight end coach under Greg Schiano.

Returning (4):
SR Kevin Everett …..(6-6, 250)…….13 games-2 starts
JR Buck Ortega…. …(6-5, 225)……13-0
JR Brandon Sebald… (6-6, 250)…….9-0
FR Greg Olsen………(6-6, 245)……redshirt

Lost (1):
Kellen Winslow…60 catches…605 yards…1 TD

Spring Depth Chart (2003 stats)

1. Everett……9 catches…90 yards…3 TD
2. Sebald……0 catches
3. Ortega……0 catches
4. Olsen…….redshirt

Player to Watch: Olsen

Everett will be the starting tight end for the Hurricanes in 2004 replacing Winslow. Winslow got a lot of attention as the top tight end in the country last year, but Everett managed to tie for the team-lead in touchdown receptions with three including two against Rutgers. Everett has been clocked faster than Winslow and stronger. The Hurricanes are in good hands with Everett filling in.

Sebald was a solid blocker in goal-line formations after dealing with a near career-threatening health issue in the fall prior to the 2003 season. He has played in 13 career games recording just one reception. The Hurricanes use a lot of two tight end sets so it will be a battle for playing time for the second spot.

Ortega is one of the stars on special teams but has bulked up in the off-season up to 225 pounds. He is very athletic and could be a solid threat. Ortega enjoys playing wherever he can to help the team, but would like to receive more snaps on offense.

Olsen was a highly touted recruit from New Jersey who transferred from Notre Dame prior to the season. He suffered a shoulder injury, which sidelined him for the majority of the season. Olsen has been a guy that his teammates have taken notice on his work ethic and having good attendance for the workouts.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Columnist for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@grassy.com.

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