Texas Longhorns Spring Practice Preview: Tight Ends

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Nov 10, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns tight end Greg Daniels (81) catches a pass against the Iowa State Cyclones in the first quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

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Spring practices begin February 21st and from February 19th until February 27th, Hook’em Headlines will break down each position group on the Texas Longhorns and give you our spring football outlook. Today we will focus on Tight Ends.

February 19th: Offensive Line

Coach:

Bruce Chambers. 15th season at Texas. 9th year coaching Tight Ends.

Starter(s):

Greg Daniels and MJ McFarland will battle it out for the starting position in the spring practices.

Key Reserves:

Geoff Swaim is a junior college transfer that signed in December and will be participating in spring practices.

Spring Outlook:

In spring practices, you look for who will be able to win position battles. Even with the switch to a no huddle concept for the Texas offense, tight ends will still play a major role in this offense. In 2008, Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham had 66 catches for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns in a no huddle offense. He averaged 1 touchdown for every 4.7 catches. While no one will expect the starting tight end at Texas to put up those numbers Gresham did at OU, the tight end will play a major role in this offense. Geoff Swaim was recruited to be a blocking tight end and in junior college, he excelled at being a blocking tight end. He might need a redshirt to work on his catching ability.

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Oct 6, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns tight end M. J. McFarland (85) catches a pass during the second quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

So that leaves Greg Daniels or M.J. McFarland to take over at tight end. Greg Daniels’s biggest catch was the wishbone trick play catch he made against Iowa State. MJ McFarland didn’t have many opportunities to catch the ball, but he made them count. McFarland had 8 catches for 125 yards. He averaged 15.6 yards per catch.

I think M.J. McFarland should be the favorite to win the starting tight end job. The redshirt sophomore is very talented and a good athlete. He would be perfect for the offense that Major Applewhite wants to run. He is raw and inconsistent but that’s why Bruce Chambers gets paid a lot of money to be the Tight Ends coach. Here is a clip from his high school highlight tape:

You can see the athleticism that M.J. McFarland has that would be a valuable addition to the 2013 Texas Longhorns.

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