July 10, 2007

Wildcats appear set at tight end

Kansas State tight ends Rashaad Norwood and Jeron Mastrud combined for 53 receptions and 593 yards a season ago, and don't be surprised if the Wildcats ask for more out of that combination in 2007. See where those two rank on the list of most important Wildcats in a series installment that also includes a newcomer pushing for a starting role on defense.

16. Jeron Mastrud
Few expected this tight end from Beaverton, Ore., to do anything but redshirt his first season in Manhattan, but Mastrud far surpassed those expectations by playing in 12 games and starting eight as a true freshman. Coach Ron Prince loves two tight ends in his base offensive set, a situation the 6-foot-6, 255-pound Mastrud was able to take advantage of.

Over the course of the 2006 season Mastrud hauled in 17 passes for 235 yards and made his biggest contribution in the regular season finale at Kansas when he caught six passes for 103 yards. He opened the game against KU with a 66-yard catch and run, a play that helped him average nearly 14 yards a catch for the season.

Mastrud figures to be more physically developed as a sophomore and in better shape to contribute both as a blocker and pass receiver in an offense that isn't afraid to feature the tight end.

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