Spring Lesson: Tight end, like fullback, is going to become more of an offensive position for the Scarlet Knights in their new, pro-style offense. We saw eight balls caught by tight ends in the spring game.
The storyline going into training camp centers itself around D.C. Jefferson and Paul Carrezola.
Starter out of Spring: Carrezola surpassed Jefferson for first-team tight end at the end of the spring, but by no means does that make him your starter on opening day.
Jefferson hung onto the starting job for a year and a half after deposing Shamar Graves as a redshirt freshman. Now a junior, Jefferson is in more of a tight-end mindset than ever. And as Greg Schiano always says in reference to Jefferson's 6-foot-6, 258-pound frame, "In the NFL, that's what they look like."
Carrezola had a slow start after arriving on the Banks, but he became a more complete tight end this spring. Jefferson and Carrezola could be the most intense one-on-one position battle in training camp.
Got a Chance: Carrezola and Jefferson are destined for the brunt of the work at tight end, but there is always a spot for a third tight end in blocking and special teams situations and in special offensive packages.
Assuming Tim Pernetti's eligibility is up despite a strong performance in the Believe Bowl, Malcolm Bush has the most experience at tight end. Schiano said during the spring that Bush showed improvement since last year. The coaching staff will find some way to get the 6-foot-4, 243-pounder on the field this season.
If Tyler Kroft shows up in great shape and turns in a strong training camp, he may also find a role in the offense. Kroft, standing at 6-foot-5, displayed strong hands and route-running ability at Downingtown East (Pa.), but his size may hold him back at first. As of National Signing Day , he weighed just 225 pounds.
Needs More Time: Red-shirt sophomore Junior Solice came in as a linebacker recruit, but spent the spring working at tight end. Solice, at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds has the size to play tight end, but needs more than just one spring at the position.
The same goes for red-shirt freshman walk-on James Kim, who played on the practice squad last season.
Schiano's Take: "[Carrezola] is improving, he's moved up. He's taking a lot of the first-team reps."
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