Vanderbilt Football 2007: tight ends/H-backs

We continue our 2007 positional analysis of the Vanderbilt Commodores today as we look at the tight ends and H-backs. This is part IV of a multi-series previewing the 2007 Commodores.

32 Matt Bubis 5-10 240 So.-SQ Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell
83 Brad Allen 6-3 240 Jr.-2L Venice, Fla./Venice
85 Jake Bradford 6-6 260 So.-1L St. Simons Island., Ga./Glynn Acad.
82 Justin Green 6-7 230 Fr.-RS Troy, Ala./Henderson
87 Brandon Barden 6-5 225 Fr. Lincolnton, Ga./Lincoln County
42 Tim Fugger 6-4 225 Fr. Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic
86 Austin Monahan 6-6 235 Fr. Andover, Mass./Phillips Acad.

Bold= projected starter

With both Brad Allen and Jake Bradford (photo at right) returning tight end/H-back depth should be the strength of the position. Both Players have extensive playing experience and have good receiving and blocking skills. Allen totaled 3 catches last season for 57 yards and played in 11 games at tight end. He showed his toughness during a recent scrimmage session by managing to hold on to a catch despite a devastating hit by a Commodore defender. Bradford played in 11 games last season in a reserve role, but gained a lot of game experience during critical games. Bradford might end up on the offensive line if he continues to grow. He has excellent size at 6-6 and has shown good receiving skills during practice despite not recording a catch during the 2006 season.

Others competing at tight end /H-back are Justin Green (photo at left) and Matt Bubis. Green has looked to be an excellent pick up for the staff with great height and good hands, but he needs to add some weight to his frame to stand up to blocking in the SEC.

Three newcomers hope to see the field in 2007. Austin Monahan, Tim Fugger, and Brandon Barden all possess the tools to make an impact during their careers. Barden previously signed with Virginia Tech before switching to Vanderbilt. As a prep player he was rated the No. 52 tight end nationally by Scout.com.

Grade C+


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