TE Farr Looking to Fill Big Shoes

After producing the likes of Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow Jr., and Greg Olsen, the University of Miami has become regarded as a factory for first-round talented tight ends.

But with the departure this offseason of Olsen, who is projected to be a first-round pick in this year's NFL draft, which current UM player is next in line to become Miami's next starting tight end?

If the first two scrimmages gave any indication on who could replace Olsen as next year's starting tight end, that player could be junior DajLeon Farr.

In the first scrimmage Farr caught five passes for 62 yards. Only senior receiver Lance Leggett finished with more receptions and yards in the practice.

During the second scrimmage, Farr caught a 35-yard pass over the middle and took it down to the 1-yardline in the middle of the field.

"He has had some days where he doesn't catch the ball like we want him to and he has some days where he has caught everything and made some huge plays like he did during Saturday's scrimmage," offensive coordinator Patrick Nix said.

At 6-5, 248 pounds, Farr fits the physical mold of a prototypical NFL tight end. His production, however, has not matched what his physical ability would suggest.

In two seasons Farr has played in 18 games, catching just four passes for 30 yards.

"He is a big guy who is very strong," tight ends coach Joe Pannunzio said. "You usually don't find guys that are that big that move as well as he moves. Those types of guys are usually playing basketball."

"He has the potential to play like he did in the scrimmages, but he needs to do that all the time."

David Lake can be reached at lake@canestime.com

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