Michigan State returned little experience and even less production to its tight end position entering the 2013 season, but the season has brought a lot of growth for one player in particular.
Redshirt freshman Josiah Price has emerged as a go-to target for the Spartans after the position went through a slow start – not much unlike the rest of the offense.
"Josiah's a good athlete," coach Jim Bollman said. "He's an explosive guy. He's a very good receiver. He had to learn a lot about the overall game and blocking in general. He's continuing to learn every day. He's a fun guy to be around – a fun guy to coach."
Price, who had a 15-yard touchdown reception in MSU's 30-6 win at Northwestern, has 12 catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Bollman also praised him for how he takes pride in not only what he does, but in helping the football team as a whole.
"He's a very unselfish guy, if you are around him all day," he said. "He's just as excited when someone else makes a big catch or a big play as he is himself. It's good. I look forward to and count on him to keep improving."
In the search for production from the tight end spot, redshirt freshman Jamal Lyles moved over to tight end in September. He has played sparingly of late, but Bollman said he has the physical ability and hopes he sticks at tight end.
"I'm not going to prognosticate about anybody's future, but he's a guy that I certainly hope has a chance to stay at tight end because I think he can be a big asset for us," Bollman said. "He really has some good quickness and some good speed, can catch the ball, and has a lot to learn about the overall position and he's doing that."
Lyles has four catches for 53 yards this season.