Warm Up: Tight Ends Position Analysis

D.C. Jefferson

That's right. It's March. And March in Piscataway means spring football practice is right around the corner. To help get ready for Kyle Flood's first spring camp as Rutgers football head coach, ScarletReport.com is here to warm up the football talks by looking at a variety of different topics within the program. Today, we break down the tight ends going into camp.

Tight end remains a major position of need in future recruiting, but there is enough immediate talent on the Rutgers squad for offensive coordinator Dave Brock to make something happen in his first year with the program.

Brock has said keeping the Frank Cignetti pro-style system is his plan and part of that means development and use of tight ends as receiving weapons.

First Teamers

It is now or never for D.C. Jefferson. A fifth-year senior, Jefferson has slowly gone from a neophyte to a legitimate tight end and he has just one more year to take the leap to impact player.

His stature alone, 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, gets him on every tight end watch list this season, but Jefferson needs a solid spring with first-year tight ends coach Darnell Dinkins to solidify his mechanics. Dinkins, like Jefferson, is a converted quarterback, which adds an extra level of interest. No matter how he plays on the field, look for Jefferson to be a tremendous leader off-the-field in the same mold as Khaseem Greene.

Paul Carrezola will get a chance to compete for first-team reps with Jefferson, but has to make up ground after not being a major factor last season. Carrezola has a lot to offer, but is not on the same level as Jefferson in terms of natural athleticism and size.

Keep an Eye on

Tyler Kroft will be an interesting player to watch this spring. Kroft needed to get bigger and stronger and got the chance to do so as a redshirt freshman. he may not yet be heavy enough to compete for significant playing time, but he is without question the future of the position at Rutgers.

Kroft is the only scholarship tight end with more than two years of eligibility on the roster and will benefit from hands-on work with Dinkins.

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