BYU football: Tight ends not starting from scratch this time around


PROVO — BYU tight ends coach Steve Clark had a lot more to talk about during this year’s Media Day as opposed to the last one.

In 2016 Clark took the reins of a position group that largely didn’t exist prior to the hiring of offensive coordinator Ty Detmer. He started last season with a very inexperienced group of players who hadn’t recorded a single reception between them while starting pretty much from scratch regarding the development of true pro-style tight ends.

This year it’s an entirely different story.

Although there’s still plenty of work ahead, Clark talked confidently and enthusiastically about the group of players available to him this season.

“The five I have — I love them,” Clark said. “I’m trying to be cautiously optimistic with them, and I don’t want to put too much pressure on them, but I really like what they’re able to do.”

The five tight ends Clark has to work with includes senior Tanner Balderree (6-foot-3, 241 pounds) and junior Hunter Marshall (6-3, 235)— both of whom had a lot of game experience last season, along with converted wideout Moroni Laulu-Pututau (6-4, 230.) Promising freshmen Matt Bushman (6-5, 235) and Bentley Hanshaw (6-6, 225) are also in the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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