Post-Spring Review: Tight Ends

For years, Washington was known for producing NFL-ready tight ends, but a drought of productivity at the position has plagued the Huskies for the past decade. Can a new crop of talented, yet unproven prospects renew the tradition of 'Tight End U'?

The list of tight ends to come through the program over the past 10 years includes such top prospects as Kavario Middleton and Chris Izbicki as well as Jason Benn, Ben Bandel, Jon Lyon, Tim Williams and Dorson Boyce.

Some of the issues have been choosing the wrong prospects and some have come from players not living up their billing.

All that being said, the Huskies appear poised to bust out of 'tight end purgatory' with freshman Austin Seferian-Jenkins and redshirt freshman Michael Hartvigson leading the way.

Seferian-Jenkins enrolled early to get a jump on earning the starting spot and he did nothing to disprove the thought that he could be the best tight end to come through the program since Jerramy Stevens.

The talented freshman made several spectacular plays, going up between defenders to bring down the ball. He struggled at times with his blocking and still needs to get the offense down, but there is no denying he has all the talent and drive necessary to be a good one.

The hope is he realizes his vast potential much sooner than later.

Hartvigson is an intriguing player with soft hands and long arms. He isn't on the same level as Seferian-Jenkins athletically, but he's an above-average athlete with a blue-collar work ethic and he's got soft hands.

He appears to be fully recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered early in the season and is poised to see a lot of playing time this fall.

Walk-on Evan Hudson really showed something this spring and is on the verge of earning some reps this fall.

Hudson runs well and is very physical at the point of attack. He'll see lots of time in short-yardage situations and his underrated receiving skills should come into play at some point as well.

Marlion Barnett hasn't been able to put on the weight to become an every-down player at the tight end position so he has yet to find a spot in the rotation. He didn't see a lot of reps in the spring, but when he did have the chance to make a play he did show the ability to get open.

If the Huskies can get any type of productivity out of the tight ends this fall, their offense should be much more diverse than it has been the past couple years.

The coaches have some interesting pieces to work with, now they just have to hope they figure things out in time in order to make the offense more dynamic than it's been in a while.

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Fr.) or
Michael Hartvigson (RS Fr.)
Evan Hudson (RS Fr.)*
Marlion Barnett (RS So.) Top Stories