This a random order. Here’s reason No. 10 that Ole Miss will be improved in 2011.
There’s a lot to like about tight end Jamal Mosley, a junior college transfer and former Oklahoma State signee.
He caught five passes for 57 yards at OSU in 2008, was out of football in 2009 but caught 42 balls for 350 yards and four touchdowns at Northwest CC last year.
Ferbia Allen, a junior this year, had just five catches last year when Dave Rader was co-offensive coordinator, one less than he had in 2009 under Kent Austin.
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt was calling the plays both of those seasons but says that is strictly David Lee’s responsibility now.
Personally, I’m a fan of throwing to the tight end. Always have been.
Get a big guy in open space, let his legs start churning, his momentum building, and he’s hard to bring down. At 6-4, 250, Mosley is that kind of athlete.
Blocking, though, remains the No. 1 component for a tight end in this offense. He’ll be called on for that far more than he will be to catch passes.
The pads go on this afternoon, and we’ll learn more about Mosley’s blocking ability.
How often a tight end gets the ball may depend in some part on rapport with the quarterback, his trust and comfort with the tight end. Mosley, then, could benefit if Barry Brunetti holds on to the QB job. They are both Memphis high school products.
Mosley will have to prove himself as a blocker. How much he is used in the passing game remains to be seen, but he could add a dimension to the offense not seen in some time.