January 7, 2010

Offseason Outlook: Filling McCoy's shoes at TE

Texas A&M loses senior tight end Jamie McCoy, and the experiment of moving McCoy to tight end from wide receiver could be deemed a success two years later. McCoy caught 35 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns as a senior and it would be a surprise if he didn't at least get an invite to an NFL training camp this summer.

But with McCoy gone, head coach Mike Sherman, who loves using the tight end in his offense, might be starting all over again. But Sherman definitely has a couple players in the system who will battle it out this offseason to take McCoy's spot.

First is senior-to-be Kenny Brown who in 2009 did what McCoy did the previous year and moved from wide receiver. Brown caught four passes for 21 yards and a touchdown this season. The big question mark for Brown is if he can add weight onto his 6-3, 213-pound frame. McCoy did that well last offseason, but it was known that he could put on weight since he had problems keeping it off before the move to tight end.

Redshirt freshman Hutson Prioleau doesn't have that problem when it comes to weight as the 6-foot-4, 253-pounder came in as one of the top tight ends in Texas in the recruiting class of 2009. Surprisingly, however, Prioleau didn't get any action this season, preserving his redshirt. He can do both things a tight end needs to do, catch and block, and with a year of practice under his belt he should be efficient in the offensive system.

True freshman Nate Askew will start at receiver, but he is the only commit in the class of 2010 that could possibly make the move to tight end.

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