Looking at Utah's solid tight end group for 2016

Utah loses one impact tight end, but gets another back from injury heading into the spring

The Favorite: Siale Fakailoatonga (Sr)

After Evan Moeia went down early last year, the starting job was all Fakailoatonga's and he delivered with 12 grabs in 6 grabs before a season ending injury against Arizona State finished off his 2015. He'll be looking to bounce back with a big spring to hold off Handley, but is the most well-rounded tight end on the roster in his ability to catch the ball and block effectively. If the senior-to-be as back at full strength, this job is his to lose.

The Lightning Bolt: Harrison Handley (Jr)

No one took better advantage of injuries last season than Harrison Handley. After season ending injuries to Moeia and Fakailoatonga, the junior-to-be was very effective with 17 grabs in the final 8 games, 4 of those for touchdowns. He finished the year with 21 catches and if he's continued to work on his blocking, will have a great shot at supplanting Fakailoatonga as the starter.

The Enigma: Wallace Gonzalez (So)

Wallace is currently in enigma status, where everyone wants to believe that there's a high level of talent there, but we're all waiting for it to materialize. The former minor league pitcher came to Utah and generated a lot of fanfare before a season ending injury as a freshman while playing defensive end cut that excitement short. He switched over to tight end and redshirted last season, but with his big body and unique athleticism, should be in the mix for some playing time.

The Walk-On: Ken Hampel (Sr)

Hampel is a good sized tight end and received more playing time last season after injuries started adding up. He caught one ball for 29 yards, and while he won't be a big contributor, will be on the field more than your traditional walk-on.

Projected Depth Chart:

Siale Fakailoatonga or

Harrison Handley

Wallace Gonzalez

Ken Hampel

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