The good, the bad, the question: TE

It took a few years, but the tight end position is once again one of the deepest on the team with experienced players in Howard Croom, Gabe Miller, Brady Camp and John Reese all set to make their mark in 2008.

The good: A deep, talented position that is working itself back into the offense. Junior Howard Croom continues to hold down the starting spot with John Reese, Brady Camp and Gabe Miller rotating in and out depending on the down and situation.

More passes are being thrown their way as their responsibilities become second nature. Croom and Miller, if he stays healthy, could have great seasons with the most of the focus being on James Rodgers and Sammie Stroughter.

The bad: Injuries affected redshirt freshman Joe Halahuni, true freshman Colby Prince and sophomore Gabe Miller who can't seem to catch a break.

The question: Can Miller stay healthy an entire year?

Top spring performer: Howard Croom. Smart, dependable and well balanced Croom caught 20 passes for 188 yards and a team high three receiving touchdowns a year ago. Look for his numbers to increase significantly this season.

Riley says: "A very good group that I expect bigger things from this year. This is another area of the team that has gone from being inexperienced to a veteran unit. I like the makeup of this group."

The roster:

  • RFr. Joe Halahuni (6-2, 256) - missed spring game with knee injury...will have surgery in the summer and is most likely out for the year
     
  • Fr. Colby Prince (6-3, 228) - missed most of the spring with an ankle injury...a grayshirt who will redshirt.
     
  • Jr. Howard Croom (6-3, 249) - solid around player...equally adept at blocking, running routes and catching.
     
  • Jr. John Reese (6-3, 234) - the best receiver of the bunch...one of the fastest...good frame and athleticism.
     
  • So. Brady Camp (6-4, 262) - best blocker in the unit with lower body power...becoming a better pass catcher and route runner.
     
  • So. Gabe Miller (6-3, 235) - dislocated bone in his left hand and missed the majority of April...the most versatile of the bunch, a x-factor that could shake up the depth chart, but can't stay healthy.

Coming in the fall:  No one


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