Tight End Valuable to Miami Offense

Sophomore tight end Greg Olsen is extremely valuable in the Miami offense especially with just four wide receivers available for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against LSU on Friday.

Sophomore tight end Greg Olsen has 31 catches for 451 yards and four touchdowns this season.

In his two-year career he has amassed 47 catches for 726 yards and five touchdowns.

Those are pretty impressive numbers considering he still has two more years of eligibility remaining.

Although Olsen is eligible to declare for the NFL Draft, he insists he will be back because he has things he needs to work on.

Olsen is a 6-foot-5, 250-pound native of Wayne, N.J. looking to make a big impact in the game on Friday much like he did in the season opener against Florida State when he had a career-high eight catches for 137 yards.

"Obviously there are things that could have gone better," Olsen said. "I am just looking to ending the season on a strong note and getting ready for next year."

Earlier this week it was announced WR Ryan Moore had been suspended for the game and will not play. The team will need to have other places fill the void he has left behind.

"It just comes down to guys stepping up and making big plays," Olsen said. "Obviously we are going to miss Ryan, but the game goes on. As an offense we can't miss a beat. We are confident in the guys that we have."

Although the team would have liked to have played in a BCS game they are positive and upbeat about playing in the Peach Bowl against a formidable opponent.

"Everyone is excited to be here and looking forward to playing a great game against a great team," Olsen said.

LSU's defense is allowing 15 points, 95 yards rushing, and 276 total yards per game.

"They are going to stop the run," Olsen said. "They are going to try to lock us down man and bring guys in the box and dare us to run. The big key is try to control the line of scrimmage. Their front four is as good as there is in the country. It is a great challenge for us and we are going to have to play well."

The Tigers top three tacklers are linebackers Cameron Vaughn and Ali Highsmith as well as safety LaRon Landry. All three players are expected to try to contain Olsen at the tight end position.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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