At first glance it’s disconcerting to realize that the Tigers have less returning snap % wise at tight end than they do along the offensive line considering that, as we saw last year, the tight end can play a huge role in the Chad Morris offense.
But, all is not lost here as Brandon Ford showed athleticism, talent and good hands last season, even making a few spectacular receptions.
That optimism should be tempered with the fact that some of the 373 snaps Ford has logged over the last 3 years have been at wide receiver, so the experience factor is actually lower than the chart shows and that there is virtually no experience behind Ford.
Once again we find ourselves calling the Tigers “thin” at a position and that’s not a good feeling. Sam Cooper’s 54 snaps are enough to lead the reserves and that’s telling.
Perhaps redshirt freshman Eric MacClain (2 receptions in spring game) or true freshman Jay Jay McCullough will contribute. That said, this series is about returning experience and there simply isn’t much here to work with the exception of Ford.