The Washington Times - August 21, 2009, 02:02PM

It’s been quite some time since there was anything resembling pessimism with Maryland’s tight ends.

After all, the Terps had Vernon Davis. Then, the Joey Haynos/Jason Goode/Dan Gronkowski combination created some external concern after Davis’ departure but never seemed to fluster the coaching staff.

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Now, though, there isn’t an obvious answer.

“It’s kind of like ‘Who wants it?’” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “I haven’t been overly pleased with the tight ends.”

There’s a lot of unknown quantities at the position. Senior Tommy Galt is the veteran of the bunch, and despite a minuscule role as a receiver the last three years (he has one career reception), it would seem he might etch out a place as a pass-catcher.

As for Lansford Watson, Matt Furstenburg and Devonte Campbell? Friedgen isn’t exactly doling out much praise for them nearly two weeks into camp.

“I think Tommy gives us a guy who is very good at catching the ball; I don’t think he has a drop this entire camp,” Friedgen said. “He gives great effort. The other guys are young, not very physical and they have to get a lot more physical if they’re going to help us. I’m a little bit concerned about where we are right now at tight end.”

Patrick Stevens