Playing time outlook: tight end

IT's position-by-position capsule look at the probable fall playing time rotation as well as a glimpse at possible freshman contributors for the Horns continues. Today's installment: tight end.

Tight end rotation pattern: Bo Scaife, Bo Scaife and Bo Scaife. OK, that's a slight exaggeration, but when the Horns line up in a one tight end set during game-on-the-line situation, that one tight end will typically be Scaife. With Scaife's improved health as the '01 season progressed, Greg Davis went almost exclusively with Scaife, particularly over the last five games of the season, when the then-sophomore registered the only catches from the tight end spot. With junior Brock Edwards, last year's No. 2 at the position, moved to fullback, and former fullback (and TE as a true freshman in '99) Chad Stevens replacing Edwards as the No. 2 TE, that dynamic doesn't seem likely to change. Senior Stevens will occasionally spell Scaife, but his snaps will largely come in short yardage and two TE sets as a blocker. The pass catching will almost exclusively come from Scaife. True freshman PT? Possibly. Edwards is still available if needed for depth at the spot, but with just two vets (Scaife and Edwards) at TE on the depth chart heading into two-a-days, talented true freshman David Thomas has an opportunity to earn playing time. He fits the Scaife mold of a speedy, athletic pass catcher who is capable of lining up tight or wide and who as a TE presents match-up problems for opposing LBs. Those skills plus UT's TE depth situation could mean early, if limited, action for Thomas.

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