Position Preview: Tight End

A look at the tight ends for Syracuse football entering the 2015 season

Returning Starters: Josh Parris

Projected Starters: Josh Parris

Top Reserves: Kendall Moore, Cameron MacPherson, Trey Dunkelberger

Biggest Question Mark: Will the tight end position be more productive than in year’s past? The tight end was never prominently featured in George McDonald’s offense. Will Tim Lester change that? There are some options with Josh Parris, Kendall Moore and others. With the playaction pass expected to be part of the attack, don’t be surprised if the tight end is used over the middle in the intermediate passing game.

Most Important Player: Josh Parris – Parris has the athleticism to be a threat in the passing game and is a solid enough blocker to stay in the game on most downs. If he can give them a weapon to stretch the field down the seam, it opens things up for the entire offense.

Outlook for 2015 Season: This is a bit of a mystery because a lot will depend on how Syracuse uses them in their new offense. But the early buzz is promising. That does not mean 50-catches for any one player, but that should equate to an increased role from years’ past. An intriguing player in this group is Trey Dunkelberger. He is buried on the depth chart for now, but could emerge as a red zone threat.

What will constitute a successful season for this position group: A successful season will be making plays over the middle when called upon, blocking well in the run game and becoming a consistent weapon in the passing game.


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