One things is clear among the Ole Miss tight ends for the 2013 season. Someone new will be the starter.
Jamal Mosley, Ferbia Allena and H.R. Greer were the top three a year ago, and all are gone now.
Players officially listed as tight ends caught 25 passes last year – 15 from Mosley, eight from Allen and two from Greer.
I thought we’d see more from Mosley last year. Sometimes coaches oversell recruits on Signing Day, and I will always remember the glow from Houston Nutt as he described the athletic Mosley and what he thought Mosley could do for the offense.
That never materialized in two years for Mosley at Ole Miss coming from Northwest CC.
One former Ole Miss assistant indicated that the previous staff didn’t have a great level of trust when passing to Mosley.
Freeze seemed more intent last year on getting the ball the ball quickly into the hands of his skill people – whether running backs or the receivers with a quick sideline pattern – with the hope that they would make a guy miss and create a big play. The tight end will also perform like an “H back,” standing up and going in motion.
Justin Bigham, John Youngblood, Jack Nusimer and Matt Brown played the position in the spring.
So the fact that three tight ends are having to be replaced is not the biggest story line for the offense, at least from a pass-catching perspective.
Quarterback Maikhail Miller seemed to find a comfort zone throwing to the tight ends in the Grove Bowl.
Freshman Christian Morgan was one of the two early enrollees, and his spring was cut short with a knee sprain. He’s a four-star prospect, and at 6-4, 255 is known more for his blocking.
Morgan caught 31 passes as a senior, five for touchdowns.
Among the signees, Evan Engram (6-3, 210) was the most involved in his school’s passing game. He had 40 catches for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns for Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Ga., last year.
There’s a lot of buzz for AJ. Jackson. At 6-6, 240 he’s also played wide receiver.