Warning: Tight Ends In Use
Whether via e-mail, talk radio, or weekly chats the number one complaint has always remained the same. Why does Clemson not throw to the tight end more? While I very seriously doubt that head coach Tommy Bowden took that into account in his search, he did find the guy that will answer that question.
Last season at Toledo, Spence had two tight ends with 30-plus catches. A feat that I have not seen accomplished at Clemson in my lifetime. It has already became apparent how significant of a role the tight end will play this season.
Defensive end was and still is an area of concern as far as depth. Before the spring, Bobby Williamson was moved back from defensive end to tight end. Clemson did not have a tight end with a lot of game experience and Williamson was obviously still the most talented tight end on the team before the move.
Bowden has remained non-committal on the increased role of the tight end, stating he would rather Texas A&M find out later rather than sooner. The tight end has been more involved in offenses throughout the country. Miami is the hot bed of tight ends, but schools such as Georgia, Virginia, and Virginia Tech have been very successful using the tight end in their respective offenses.
Durrell Barry and Paul Muse will have a chance to come in and compete in August. Thomas Hunter, Cole Downer, and Zach Green are currently the other tight ends listed on the depth chart. One main reason Barry and Muse will have a shot is you could see the Tigers at times line up with three or possibly four tight ends.
Spence will effectively work the tight ends into the game plan each week. Clemson may not have two tight ends with 30-plus catches next season, but two with 15-plus catches is not out of the question.