I'm not going to sugar coat it: 2010 was a complete disaster for Penn State tight ends. Andrew Szczerba was expected to be the starter after Andrew Quarless and Mickey Shuler left for the NFL, but never played a down due to a back injury. Garry Gilliam tore his ACL against Iowa, an injury which caused him to miss the remainder of the season. Kevin Haplea was forced into heavy action as a true freshman and wasn't much of a factor in the passing game. Even Nate Cadogan (tackle) and Brett Brackett (receiver) saw time at tight end to help fill the void. Basically, if you were a Penn State tight end last year, you had some hardship befall you.
Having a productive season from the tight ends would be huge for Penn State this year. It's often said that a reliable tight end can be a young quarterback's best friend, as they can act as a safety valve for a quarterback under heavy pressure. The question is which tight end will climb out from the rubble to become contributors? Let's take a look.
- None, missed season with back injury
- 2 receptions for 15 yards
- 7.5 yards/reception
- 3 receptions for 39 yards
- Zero touchdowns
- 13.0 yards/reception