TE Preview Summer 2015

Utah State will play with multiple TE sets regularly this year. The TE group will be counted on to improve both the passing and running games.

TIGHT END

2014 Player not returning: Jefferson Court (Graduation; Drafted 5th round CFL Draft Ottowa Redblacks)

Post 2015 Spring ball attrition: Marcus Mosely (Transfer), Phoenix Passey (Left Team), Sione Talakai (Left Team)

Returning Players: Landon Horne, Wyatt Houston

New Faces in 2015:

Dalton Baker 6'4" 235 (Scout 2*) - TE - Payson HS, UT - (Signed 2/4/15; Currently on Campus)

2012 (Soph.) Stats: 1 reception 10 yards 1 TD; 27 tackles

2013 (Jr.) Stats: 5 receptions 99 yards; 46 tackles 3.5 sacks 2 INTs 1 fumble recovery

2014 (Sr.) Stats: 44 receptions 588 yards 3 TDs; 9 carries 37 yards; 72 tackles 3 sacks 1 INT 1 fumble recovery

Offer from: Idaho

http://utahstate.scout.com/player/191656-dalton-baker/recruiting

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1961061/dalton-baker

Chris Copier 6'5" 250 (Scout 2*) - TE - Snow JC, UT - (2 years to play 2; Signed 1/8/15; Currently Enrolled)

2011 (Fr.) Stats: Redshirted at BYU

2013 (RsFr.) Stats: 3 receptions 29 yards

2014 (Soph) Stats: 21 receptions 354 yards 1 TD

Offers from: Eastern Michigan, Idaho, Tennessee-Martin, Texas-San Antonio

http://recruiting.scout.com/player/194833-chris-copier/recruiting

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2765980/highlights/193188380

Dax Raymond 6'5" 225 (Scout 2*) - TE - Timpview HS, UT - (Signed Grant-in-aid 2/6/13; Currently on Campus)

2011 (Jr.) Stats: 19 receptions 179 yards 1 TD; 6 completions 10 attempts 124 yards 1 TD; 10 carries 5 yards 2 TDs

2012 (Sr.) Stats: 74 receptions 1,464 yards 23 TDs; 1 carry 7 yards

http://www.scout.com/player/6268731n-dax-raymond?s=208

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/24513/dax-raymond

2015 OUTLOOK

Freakishly athletic Junior Wyatt Houston returns for this third season in an Aggie uniform poised to have what many hope to be his breakout season, as he is listed by several NFL Draft predictor websites to be a top 10 player at his position among his draft class. Houston has great hands and ball skills and is able to go up and get the pigskin once it has been thrown his way. Houston caught 19 passes for 178 yards and 2 TDs and started in 7 of the 13 games he played in 2014.

Backing up Houston will be Junior Landon Horne. Horne did not record any stats in 2014 following coming off a leg injury that kept him out all season. Horne was however cleared for action in the bowl game and he did in fact play during the Aggie win versus UTEP. Horne has shown promise in the two seasons of spring ball that he has been able to participate in and the coaches feel that he is the most athletic tight end on the team and he has displayed soft hands and does a great job running after the catch.

Joining the team from Snow College is Junior Chris Copier. Copier was able to join the team in December following his 2014 season where he earned All-Western States Football League first-team honors. Copier was a full participant in spring ball and looks to build on that early experience with a strong fall camp. Returning LDS Missionary and freshman

Dax Raymond is already on campus and will be one of two players counted on to add quality depth to the position following the departure of Marcus Mosely. The super athletic Raymond was a man among boys during his Senior season of high school as he amassed an amazing 74 receptions, 1,464 yards, and 23 TDs while winning a pair of state championships at Timpview High School.

The second freshman vying for the fourth tight end spot is Payson Highs Dalton Baker. The very Tough Baker was a do everything stud his Senior season as he accounted for 44 receptions, 588 yards, 3 TDs to go along with 72 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 INT, and 1 fumble recovery on the defensive side of the ball. The coaching staff feels that Baker has a very good opportunity to be a significant contributor to the future of the program.

PROJECTED 2015 DEPTH CHART

TIGHT END

83 Wyatt Houston (6-5, 255, Jr., 2L)

44 Landon Horne (6-3, 235, Jr., SQ)

85 Chris Copier (6-5, 250, Jr., JC)

Dax Raymond (6-5, 225, Fr., HS) OR

Dalton Baker (6-4, 235, Fr., HS)

You can really list Horne and Baker as H backs and the other three as TE's that will be the way they line up many times in 2 TE sets.

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