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2010 Apr 20

SPRING IN REVIEW: Tight End

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Following the 2010 spring camp, Nebraska now looks back at the progress made by each position group - and what progress is yet to come.

Position: Tight End

Spring Summary: Still loaded, even with Mike McNeill’s half-move to wide receiver. Nebraska finally has a stable of impressive blockers in sophomore Ben Cotton, junior Ryan Hill, senior Dreu Young and walk-on Mychael McClure. McNeill remains a threat when he lines up there, and sophomore Kyler Reed is a more assertive, experienced player - retaining all of the talent he’s flashed since his arrival at NU. Walk-on Brent Wells could be a nice player down the road, too.


Big Mover: Reed. With injuries to Cotton and Young in camp, Reed got a ton of repetitions with the first team. He took advantage of them, and should be a better pass-receiver in 2010.


More to Prove: J.T. Kerr, a redshirt freshman. Kerr came to NU to be a combo blocker-short yardage pass catcher, but we’ve yet to see the kind of expected progress.


Wild Card: Hill, who will line up at fullback some, but can also be a nice pass-catching option down by the goal line. Nice player.


Freshmen to Add: Chase Harper from junior college. Much will be expected from Harper, who appears to be the most physically gifted tight end NU’s had since Matt Herian.


Injuries: Young will battle chronic back issues for the rest of his career. Cotton missed a good chunk of practice, but some of that was precautionary. Cotton is a tough kid and a leader.


How to Spend Summer Vacation: Get healthy, stay healthy, and stay on track. And wait for Harper.

Spring Reviews on Quarterback, Offensive LineRunning Back, Wide Receiver, Tight End

Tags: spring game 2010, springtime with bo 2010, ben cotton, dreu young, chase harper, brent wells, mychael mcclure, ryan hill

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