Siale Fakailoatonga (Jr)
Evan Moeai (R-Jr)
Harrison Handley (R-So)
Fakailoatonga has been played the most of any of the tight ends on the roster the past 2 seasons and is looking to finally earn the role as starting tight end. Fakailoatonga is probably the most balanced, well-rounded tight end on the roster as he is both a good blocker and good receiver, though not great at either ability. He's athletic enough to win one on one matchups with linebackers and safeties in the passing game and is big enough to block defensive ends and linebackers in the run game. With 4 career catches for 51 yards, expect to see a lot more from Siale in 2015, though he'll have to fend off a talented group of tight ends.
Handley is likely the best receiving threat out of this group, as he played WR in high school and was able to keep his speed with the significant weight he's put on. Now a redshirt sophomore, Handley has the perfect opportunity to try and earn a role on the offense in 2015. Even if it's not as the starter, his combination of size and speed will be valuable for the Ute offense.
The Other Candidates
Moeai is a good receiving tight end that is a lot more athletic than you would think just by looking at him. It seemed like he had earned the #2 job coming out of Fall Camp in 2014, but blew out his knee in the very first game, against Idaho State. That's a tough injury to recover from, but Moeai should be close to how he was before the injury by the time he's fully recovered. Barring any major set backs from his injury, Moeai will be right in the thick of the position battle this Spring and Fall.
Gonzalez started his unusual collegiate football career as a tight end last Fall, but was switched over to defensive end towards the end of camp. He played defensive end in the first two games of the season, but was forced to sit out the rest of the year with an injury. It's unclear at this point exactly where Gonzalez will end up, whether it be tight end or defensive end, but he has the tools to succeed at either spot. He would easily be the biggest tight end on the roster, but moves extremely well for his size. Spring will be crucial to figure where he'll end up playing long term.
2015 Projected Tight End Depth Chart
1. Siale Fakailoatonga
2. Evan Moeai OR
2015 Depth Chart Projections: Tight End
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