Spring Outlook: Tight Ends

UTSA kicks off spring football practices in a few weeks. We'll take a look at each position headed into the spring. Today, we look at the Tight Ends.

We take a look at UTSA's Tight Ends headed into spring practices.

Returning Players:
- David Morgan II, Senior
- Trevor Stevens, Junior
- Cameron Oliver, Redshirt Freshman
- Triston Crossland, Redshirt Freshman
- Cade Laufer, Senior Walk-on
Morgan returns for his final season as a Roadrunner. In 2014, David show flashes of being able to become a dominating force. But struggles with the offense limited his production down the stretch of the season. Regardless, Morgan was the team's leading receiver for much of the season. An under-rated run blocker, Morgan is the complete package at TE. Last season, Morgan played in 9 of the 12 games, caught 18 passes for 255 yards with 1 touchdown. Junior Trevor Stevens fits the mold as Morgan's potential backup or a second tight end option. UTSA's multiple offense has used two tight ends in the past. The Junior from Friendswood played in 11 games last season. His number of snaps on offense was limited, but Stevens does have some potential. At 6'4" and 245lbs, Trevor is very similar in physical-build to David. This spring will be an important one for Stevens as he could cement himself as a backup to Morgan. Last season, Stevens caught 1 pass for 9 yards. It was his first career catch. The other returning tight ends, Laufer, Oliver and Crossland, should contribute on special teams and develop for the future.


Newcomer:
- Kelvin "Shaq" Williams, Junior
The Juco product out of Mississippi won't be on campus until after spring practices. We believe Williams has a redshirt season available as he spent the last two playing for SW JC and is listed as a Junior. If that's the case, one would believe that he would be a candidate to redshirt, especially since Williams we won't be able to participate in spring workouts. But that decision may depend on how the season goes and what other players do at this position.


The Big Question:
Does Morgan stay healthy and who emerges as TE2?
After battling a myriad of injuries in previous seasons, Morgan had a break-out season last year and was a dangerous weapon for the UTSA offense early on. Morgan did miss 3 games with an ankle/leg injury in the middle of the season, but for the most part he was relatively healthy in 2014. The second tight end in UTSA's offense is an important role. We'll see a lot of two tight end sets in both run and pass plays. Stevens spring could play a large part in determining if we see any of Williams in 2015. But the way UTSA has rotated TEs in the past, we'll more than likely seen a third tight end at some point. Will that be Williams or one of the younger scholarship players (Oliver or Crossland)? It will be an important spring for several of these players at the tight end position.


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