As good as Texas A&M will be at tight end in 2006, some of A&M's opponents will be just as stacked. One of them, namely Missouri, should be even better.
That's because they are returning experienced tight ends that led the Tigers in receiving in 2005.
The rest of the Aggies' schedule will have some talented tight ends, and some new blood with high expectations.
The Bulldogs return just two tight ends from a year ago in junior Aaron Kelly and sophomore Taylor Cornett. Both have shown pass catching ability in 2005. Kelly caught five balls for 79 yards and two touchdowns while Cornett caught nine passes for 49 yards.
Freshmen Brice Pepper and Alex Sellars will provide depth at the positions and will compete for playing time in training camp.
Louisiana - Lafayette
The Ragin' Cajuns don't have huge threats in the passing game at tight end, but they do have solid blockers in sophomore Erik Jones and senior Kevin Belton.
Jones owns the top spot on the depth chart after the spring, and last season he did catch four passes for 46 yards, accounting for two-thirds of all the passes caught by a tight end last season.
Belton is in a battle with redshirt freshman Matt Ulm for second-team duties.
Senior Tim Dunn will step in for graduated senior Jared Ulekowski, and those shoes won't be easy to fill as Ulekowski caught 45 passes for 465 yards and a touchdown over the past two seasons.
Dunn has shown, though, that he is more than an adequate blocker, already thought to be better than Ulekowski, but the question marks are if Dunn can make an offensive impact on the stat sheet. He has five catches for 40 yards over the last two seasons.
Junior Justin Larson will back up Dunn. Seven walk-ons dot the roster at tight end after Larson.
Senior Anthony James will lead the way in Ruston as he is coming off a junior season in which he caught 15 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in 10 starts. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound James is one of the better tight ends on A&M's schedule.
Sophomore Anthony Harrison gives Louisiana Tech a solid 1-2 punch at tight end. As a freshman, Harrison made 11 catches for 98 yards and three touchdowns. Three of his first four college receptions were for scores.
A lot of youth dots the roster at tight end after Harrison including true freshmen Clayton Chambers and Rob McGill. Redshirt freshmen Nick Worzel will fight for playing time as well.
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