Position Glance: Tight Ends
Aug. 7, 2017




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Position Coach: Tony Levine

Returning Starter: Cole Herdman (Jr.)
Other Returning Letterwinners: Brycen Hopkins (So.), Jess Trussell (So.)
Others: Wade Buckman (R-Fr.), Darius Pittman (Fr.)

At A Glance: Herdman appeared in all 12 games last season, making 11 starts. He finished the year with 35 receptions for 344 yards and three touchdowns. Hopkins, making his collegiate debut after sitting out the 2015 season as a redshirt, hauled in 10 passes for 183 yards and four TDs. Pittman is an intriguing prospect, entering his freshman year at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds.

Fun Fact: Hopkins’ father, Brad, played tackle at Illinois and for 13 seasons in the National Football League with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans. Brad, along with quarterback Steve McNair, was the last Titan to have played with the Oilers in Houston.

Levine Says: "Offensively, part of coaching is putting your players in a position to be successful and playing to your strengths. I think one of our strengths offensively is the tight end position. We need to find a way to get not one, but two and sometimes three on the field and get them involved. Thinking outside the box and being creative in some ways will be important to get those guys the ball."

Herdman Says: "My experience last year really helps. It was a good learning experience getting to do a lot of great things - standing up being a receiving tight end and being a unit tight end as well. Brycen (Hopkins) and I and the other guys have all prepared and we're ready for a big season. We know we have to be playmakers for this offense and I think we're ready for that challenge."

Practice Notes: The team was in helmets and shoulder pads for the second consecutive practice. The Boilermakers will come out in full pads for the first time Tuesday. Jeff Brohm and the coaching staff have continued to emphasize the importance of playing fast and finishing every play and drill, whether in team or individual periods.
 

 

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