Oct 25, 2014; Manhattan, KS, USA; Texas Longhorns tight end Geoff Swaim (82) is tackled by Kansas State Wildcats linebacker Elijah Lee (9) during first-half action at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports
5. Will the next great Texas tight end please stand up?
It’s been a long time since the Longhorns had a true, blue receiving tight end.
Throughout his coaching career, Shawn Watson has shown a tendency to involve the tight end in the passing game, and last season, Geoff Swaim and M.J. McFarland combined for 21 receptions, 123 yards, and three touchdowns; that may not seem like a lot, but it’s more than we’ve seen from Texas tight ends in recent years.
This off-season, the Longhorns have replaced longtime tight ends coach Bruce Chambers with Jeff Traylor, which could help to further redefine the position.
The only tight ends on the spring roster are sophomore Andrew Beck and junior transfer Blake Whiteley.
Many believe that Andrew Beck is the guy to beat out this spring, but the question is, can he grab hold of the position before Devonaire Clarington arrives on campus this summer?