Meet the Johnny Stanton of Tight Ends for Nebraska

By at August 8, 2012 | 7:00 AM | Print

Meet the Johnny Stanton of Tight Ends for Nebraska

Beau Sandland - Tight End

School: Pierce College (Woodland Hills, CA)

Eligibility: 3 Years To Play 2 Seasons

Measurables: 6’5″ 250 pounds.

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Why Nebraska Wants Sandland:

As one of the top junior college prospects in the nation, Sandland has collected offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Florida, Cal, Texas Tech and a dozen more. Nebraska finds itself near the top of his list and for good reason.

The Huskers have been recruiting the talented tight end hard, looking for immediate help in 2013. Following the 2012 season, Nebraska loses both Kyler Reed and Ben Cotton with little depth remaining. Attention turns to Jake Long and David Sutton with Sutton likely stepping into the spotlight by default due to initial expectations.

Nebraska has secured the commitment of Dayton, Ohio tight end Greg Hart, but there should be no expectation for him to contribute right away. In short, the Big Red needs immediate help and Sandland can provide that.

Why Sandland is Looking at Nebraska:

Beau’s said it himself: He wants playing time and he wants the ball.

Nebraska has no doubt pointed to 2010 when Kyler Reed reeled in 22 receptions for 395 yards and eight touchdowns. Sandland should have no problem seeing a future as that kind of target. These two bring a unique problem for defenses: They are too big for defensive backs and too quick for linebackers.

On the other hand, the 2011 season left a lot to be desired in terms of the role the Huskers’ tight ends played. Kyler Reed’s numbers dipped to 15 receptions for 257 yards and a touchdown while Ben Cotton hauled in 14 catches for 189 yards.

To maintain a spot near the top in Sandland’s mind, Tim Beck will have to show his offense is determined and able to get the ball to its tight ends. Another breakout year from Reed or Cotton can only help Nebraska’s case.

How Sandland Would Fit in As a Husker:

In terms of what Beau Sandland would bring to the offense, “something new” isn’t a proper term. That would take away from what Reed, Cotton and even Mike McNeill showcased over the past few seasons.

He’d maintain the deep threat at tight end that Nebraska has enjoyed as of late, and will hopefully capitalize on again in 2012. Fortunately for the Huskers, they don’t have to sacrifice blocking to reel Sandland in.

In this video, you’ll see plays where he is able to break into the second level and where he does well at sealing the edge. Sandland has big play ability, both in receptions and paving the way for running backs. Don’t overlook his whistle-to-whistle play, either.

What His Commit Would Mean to Nebraska:

You can look at this commit one of two ways:

First, consider what he offers to Beck’s offense. He’s a phenomenal athlete with size, speed, good hands and would play immediately.

Second, landing Sandland would be a big step for Nebraska’s recruiting much in the same way that landing Johnny Stanton was. Stanton was an Elite 11 quarterback finalist while Sandland is among the top JUCO talent in the entire country. Both play positions of severe need for the Huskers. We’re now seeing top-level athletes choosing Nebraska that haven’t before in Pelini’s tenure.

Finally, he could extend the Huskers’ reputation for success with junior college players. While the most notable successes as of late have been on defense, a strong two-year campaign by Sandland could strengthen the perception on the offensive side opening the potential for quick fixes in the future.

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  • Tony Stalloni

    Sandland would stretch the field considerably. Dragging him further down the field would open up the flats for the running backs to operate in. Pull the trigger Beau!