Interview: Joe Pannunzio

Read on to see what tight ends coach Joe Pannunzio is saying about his tight ends after the first week of spring practice.

On Richard Gordon:
He has a lot of athletic ability. He's growing up and maturing and will have to take over for the 3 tight ends last year. He's gotta be the lead guy. We had three different types of guys last year. Jimmy was the fast guy, Dedrick the in-between guy, and Tavares the blocker. Richard will have to do all three.

On Gordon maturing:
He's taking notes in meetings. It's amazing when kids grow up. It's more important to him. He knows what he's doing. He's seen it before, won't make the same mistakes. He's grown up a lot. He's a graduate too.

On Jake Wieclaw:
I haven't watched enough to make an evaluation yet.

On Gordon's hands:
He's got great hands. Richard can be a very good player for us, will be a very good player for us.

On his frustration last season:
He just got hurt in first game, hurt halfway through the year. It made sense to redshirt him with the three tight ends in front of him. He got a medical redshirt.

On the attention he'll now get:
He gets all of it. You don't have to spread it out. Selfishly, it'll be better for him. That's what he wants.

On Billy Sanders:
He's just a young guy right now. He's a young guy. It's a work in progress.


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