2011 Spartan Preview: Tight Ends

Michigan State will have to replace senior tight end Charlie Gantt in 2011 with the depth on the roster and what is coming in the Class of 2011. We take an early look at the tight ends for the 2011 season.


Charlie Gantt will forever live in the lore of Michigan State football for being on the receiving end of "Little Giants" against Notre Dame.  The senior posted 22 catches on the season for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns, but none bigger than the Irish Killer in overtime.

The Known Factor

Brian Linthicum: The Virginia native continues to show above average skills at 6-foot-5, 238-pounds, as he posted 17 catches for 202 yards and one touchdown in 2010.  A solid blocker, Linthicum is able to stretch the field and should have his biggest year in 2011.

High Expectations

Garrett Celek: With his season cut short, Garrett Celek will look for 2011 to be his breakout year in a Spartan uniform. 

Derek Hoebing: At 6-foot-7, 258-pounds, Hoebing has the physical size to be a standout tight end.  He has been stuck behind three solid players in 2010 only moving up the depth chart following the season ending injury of Celek.  If he sputters in 2011, could a move to offensive tackle be looked at?

Status Unknown

Dion Sims: After missing the year with off-field issues, Sims was given a year's probation and placed in a program for youthful offenders.  If he can fulfill the conditions of his probation, Sims will have his records expunged.  Part of the conditions of his probation is for him to do community service and remain in school.  It is not yet known if Sims will be reinstated to the Spartans Football program.

The Future Star

Paul Lang: The 6-foot-5, 237-pound native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania showed in summer camp why the Spartans offered with a solid performance. 

Recruiting Class of 2011

Once it was felt the Spartans would take two tight ends in the Class of 2011.  After the verbal pledge of Lang, and pledges by others who held Spartan offers, it looked like only one tight end would be taken.  However, in the past few weeks, Frank Clark and Darien Bryant have both been issued Spartan scholarship offers.

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