Texas Football: Position-by-position report card from non-conference play

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Tight end

There is not much to write home about for the tight ends for the Texas football program through three games this season. All the production for the Longhorns in the passing game came from the wide receivers. There’s not a single true tight end that Texas has with a touchdown through the non-conference slate.

If nothing else, the blocking from the tight ends at least held up thus far. Ehlinger just didn’t really need his tight ends to come through in the passing game. The one thing that is limiting the grade for the Longhorns tight ends to an extreme degree is the lack of production and opportunity to make an impact outside of blocking well.

What also didn’t help the production for the tight ends in the passing game is the fact that redshirt freshman 6-foot-4 standout Malcolm Epps moved to wide receiver. With senior wideout Collin Johnson out against Rice with a hamstring injury, Epps took over as the main outside possession target for Ehlinger.

Junior tight end Cade Brewer is the leading receiver at the position for Texas through three games. He’s averaging just one reception per game for a total of 14 yards and no scores. The next best behind him is redshirt freshman Reese Leitao, who has just one catch for less than 10 receiving yards on the season so far.

Grade: C-