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Dawgman.com Season Review - Tight Ends

With the loss of Josh Perkins, Washington needed someone to step up and take the starting tight end gig. Darrell Daniels was the most-athletic of the returning group and while he had a nice season -- 17 receptions for 307 yards and three touchdowns -- it was a far cry from what Perkins was able to do in his senior season.

Overall, this group was used more as additional blockers in the running game and they definitely impacted the team in that regard.

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Tight Ends (by year)

Jeff Lindquist (6-3, 246, RSr.)  

Darrell Daniels (6-4, 246, Sr.) 

David Ajamu (6-5, 249, RJr.) 

Derek Hunter (6-2, 220, RJr.)*  

Will Dissly (6-4, 272, Jr.) 

Drew Sample (6-5, 260, RSo.) 

Michael Neal (6-4, 236, RFr.) 

*=Walk on

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Depth Chart

Darrell Daniels (6-4, 246, Sr.)

Drew Sample (6-5, 260, RSo.)

Will Dissly (6-4, 272, Jr.)

David Ajamu (6-5, 249, RJr.)

Jeff Lindquist (6-3, 246, RSr.) 

Michael Neal (6-4, 237, RFr.)

Derek Hunter (6-2, 227, RJr.)*

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Season Review

On the face of it, the productivity of this group fell off a ton from 2015.

Josh Perkins finished second on the team with 36 receptions for 539 yards and three touchdowns as a senior that season.

This season, Washington's top tight end from a statistical standpoint was senior Darrell Daniels who finished fourth on the team with 17 receptions for 307 yards and three scores.

There are reasons for the drop-off in production and the biggest is the emergence of the top three Husky receivers.

Daniels is a great athlete and he can make some spectacular catches, but his iffy hands dropped him in the receiver pecking order.

Sophomore Drew Sample has good hands, although he did have some drops this season, but his biggest contribution is as a blocker.

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The same can be said for junior Will Dissly who started his Husky career on defense, but made the move to full-time tight end duties as a sophomore. 

Both of those players were a big reason that Washington was able to run for 2,730 and 24 touchdowns as they both handled blocking duties like pros.

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David Ajamu and Michael Neal both are super-athletic and have shown promise as receivers, but neither got much in the way of chances to prove their worth in that regard. Their time should come this spring and they'd better do everything they can because with the commitment of Hunter Bryant, one of the top tight ends in the country, Washington has a player who could be a difference-maker at the position.

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