Losing a guy like Jake Murphy is never easy, but spring ball showed that Utah will have plenty of options in doing so.
Westlee Tonga is back after missing most of 2013 with an injury. He looks even bigger than before and was a favorite target of at the tight end position of multiple quarterbacks. Tonga is easily the most complete tight end on the team in his ability to both block and catch the ball. Utah knows what they have in Tonga, so a lot of his reps went to younger guys, but he's your unquestioned starter at the tight end position.
Siale Fakailoatonga has upside. The sophomore to be had a strong spring, adding a good amount of bulk to his body and looking even faster than last year. The kid from Cottonwood High School has really grown up and is one of the hardest workers on the team now. Siale still needs work in the blocking department, but is probably the most natural pass catching tight end on the team and showed that in the spring.
Harrison Handley was up and down in spring, but did cap it off with a pretty good performance in the spring game. In practices though, Handley struggled, and was singled out by the coaches many times for mistakes throughout. He's bulked up quite a bit, but the mental mistakes kept the local product from progressing as much as the coaches would like.
Evan Moeia enjoyed his first spring with the Utes and was productive, but didn't do anything outstanding. If anything, Moeia looks a bit overweight. If he wants to make an impact at Utah, he'll need to drop some pounds.
Spring Tight End Position Rankings
1. Westlee Tonga
2. Siale Fakailoatonga
3. Evan Moeia
4. Harrison Handley
Spring Review: Tight Ends
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