Utah Utes Tight Ends Preview

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The tight end position has always been a big part of Utah’s offense over the years and it will continue to be a big part this season as well. With new offensive coordinator Dave Christensen taking on the role of tight ends coach, look for these big fellas to be relied upon in the passing game, especially in RedZone situations.

With Jake Murphy leaving school early for the NFL, the Utes will rely upon a combination of TE’s to fill that void.┬áComing off a shortened season in 2013, Westlee Tonga (6’4 252 SR) will look to make his mark in the PAC 12. If he can stay healthy he could be one of the best TE’s in the Pac 12, if not the country.

Behind Tonga on the depth chart is Siale Fakailoatonga (6’3 252 SO). Siale played sparingly last season when Murphy and Tonga went down with injuries.

One TE that could breakout, if given the opportunity, is Harrison Handley (6’4 240 RSFR). Handley is currently listed as 3rd on the depth chart but could easily move up to 2nd string with a good fall camp.

Fourth on the list is Evan Moeai (6’2 241 JR). Moeai played sparingly last season, mostly on special teams but he could also see some good playing time at tight end this season with a good fall showing.

Ken Hampel (6’3 250 SO) is 5th on the depth chart, he’s been playing on the scout team mostly.

 

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