This article is part of our Spring Practice Preview series.
College football spring practices are firing up, which means RotoWire will preview key job position battles at schools across the country. This article will feature the top job battle at each school and will provide a projected outlook for the group for the 2019 campaign.
Position of Interest: Tight End
The biggest question for the Golden Knights coming into the offseason was how they were going to deal with the loss of McKenzie Milton at quarterback after his horrendous knee injury, but head coach Josh Heupel was able to work the free agent market and bring in Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush. With the team's top two running backs and four wide receivers all returning, that makes Michael Colubiale's departure the most glaring.
In general, Heupel used his tight ends less than his predecessor, Scott Frost, as the position group dropped from 55 catches for 858 yards and five touchdowns in 2017 to 23 catches for 291 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. Almost all of that was Colubiale, who had 21 catches for 278 yards and three touchdowns by himself.
That leaves Jake Hescock, a Wisconsin transfer, as the only returning tight end with pass-catching experience, although he played more of a blocking role last year with 13 games played but only two catches. Another option to see increased production would be Chris DeLoach, who did not play last year after grabbing 11 catches for 116 yards and two scores in 2017 at the