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07' Tight End(s) - Sun Sentinel/Ted Hutton


07' Tight End(s) - Sun Sentinel/Ted Hutton


This position can be the most dangerous in the offense. One only needs look back to the short career of Anthony Crissinger-Hill to see that.

AC-H played sparingly as a freshman in 2001, dropped out in 2002, returned and was a key reason the Burrowing Birds went 11-3 and to the I-AA playoffs in 2003. That year he had 74 catches for 1,134 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2004 he played about half the games before being booted for violating the team?s drug policy. AC-H had seven games with 100 or more yards receiving (Roosevelt Bynes is second with three), and leads the BBs in career and season yards, career and season catches, and in the memorable in over Hawaii, had 15 catches for 183 yards. That was all in less that two full seasons at tight end.
Remember, The Voice was a tight end in college, and maybe that is why the position can play such a major role in the offense FAU runs.

Which brings us the current crop of tight ends.

Starters returning: Jason Harmon, Jamari Grant

Starters lost: None

Backups returning: Mike Wilds, Rob Housler

Backups lost: None

Tight end was done by committee this season, since no one could distance themselves, and Grant and Harmon swapped starts. Whoever was in the game, the position was underutilized in 2006 and for FAU?s offense to really get in gear, more production is needed.

In 2003 AC-H had 74 catches for 1,134 yards and 9 TDs. This season, the tight end committee caught 50 passes for 412 yards and 3 TDs.

Harmon (6-3, 184) had 26 for 261 and 2TD, Grant (6-5, 210) 12 for 135 and 1 TD, Housler (6-5, 210) 2 for 16 and 0TD.

There should be a very lively competition for the job this spring that will spill over into the fall. Mike Wilds (6-4, 230) was hurt and missed the season as a medical redshirt, and The Voice likes his size. The other redshirts are Chris Lena (6-2, 230), Ed Wertepny (6-5, 215) and Damion Amando (6-6, 230). The coaches are anxious to see what Wertepny can do. Amando is a walk-on who played basketball and The Voice likes what he has seen.

Given the volume there, there should be improvement, along with a more experienced quarterback.

Outlook: Good.

Sun Sentinel/Ted Hutton
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