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.
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