The list of names is so long that it is stunning to see and almost impossible to comprehend.
The University of Miami is well known throughout college football and the NFL(U) for developing big-time players at the tight end position. It is no surprise therefore that Miami is known as "Tight End U".
Here is a list of some former UM TEs over the last 30 years who have gone on to play on Sunday:
- Glenn Dennison (1984, Jets, Redskins)
- Willie Smith (1986, Browns, Dolphins)
- Alfredo Roberts (1998, Chiefs, Cowboys)
- Randy Bethel (1991, Patriots)
- Alex Johnson (1991, Oilers)
- Carlos Ethridge (1993, Colts)
- Bubba Franks (2000, Packers, Jets)
- Mondriel Fulcher (2000, Raiders)
- Jeremy Shockey (2002, Giants, Saints, Panthers)
- Kellen Winslow 2004, (Browns, Bucs)
- Kevin Everett (2005, Bills)
- Buck Ortega (2006, Redskins, Browns, Dolphins, Saints)
- Greg Olsen (2007, Bears, Panthers)
- Jimmy Graham (2010, Saints)
- Dedrick Epps (2010, Chargers, Dolphins, Jets)
- Richard Gordon (2011, Raiders)
That is 16 tight ends from the University of Miami that have been drafted by 14 different NFL teams and have played in the League over just the last 28 years (1984 - 2012). By any standard of measure that is pretty impressive, don't you think?
As much as we might like to relish in the glory of great Hurricanes past, it is just as important to examine the present and look towards the furure of the tight end position at Miami. So we thought we would take a brief look at the TEs on the current roster and the verbal commits for the 2013 class.
There are three players at the TE position who caught passes for the Hurricanes in 2012:
- Clive Walford: 25 receptions, 451 yards and 4 TDs.
- Dyron Dye: 4 catches, 48 yards.
- Asante Cleveland: 2 ctahces, 12 yards.
- Total TE production: 31 receptions for 511 yards and 4 TDs.
Simply put, that is not very impressive and is not going to get it done. Enter the 2013 recruiting class and the numerous targets that UM is recruiting. Some UM fans like Herbieibis may be questioning why Al Golden is recruiting so may quality tight ends this year in a year of limited scholarships.
Here is the short answer: It is the secret key that unlocks the full potential of the UM offense. With a dominant TE, Jedd Fisch's offense will simply put be unstoppable. Here are the recruits:
Standish Dobard: A total physical freak who is also a State Champ from Loiuisiana. Reminds some fans of a Kellen Winslow type player who can dominate games on his own.
Jeremy Kerr: Talented, physical player with good size and range from Tampa. Reminds some UM fans of former TE Greg Olsen.
Beau Sandland: JUCO transfer who reminds some fans like CaneRock of former Miami TE Jeremy Shockey. A big, strong pass catcher with great hands who is a fierce competitor.
The Hurricanes need a player who can play this year to compliment Clive Walford. Any of the three players above might fit that bill, but only time will tell. At least we can hope they do so that "TE U" can return to its rightful place among the college elite.