Florida must get more out of its tight ends – 247Sports – 247Sports
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With more than a week behind us to reflect on spring football, Swamp247 begins its positional breakdowns to give fans an idea where we see things at each spot coming out of the spring. Here’s a look at the tight end position going into the offseason.
Overview: After three years of declining production at the tight end position, Florida went into spring practice looking for answers. It left with question marks still abounding at the position. Starter C’yontai Lewis has been solid, but there has been little progress behind him. True freshmen might have to be relied on this fall.
Projected Post-Spring Depth Chart:
As a whole, there’s not much to praise this group on, but it does have a handful of veteran players. Lewis, Raymond and Stephens are all fifth-year players, so they at least know what they’re doing out on the field. Lewis has gotten comfortable enough that he has emerged as one of the offense’s vocal leaders early in the Dan Mullen era.
Weaknesses: Lack of Quality Depth
This should improve going into fall camp with the addition of signees Kyle Pitts and Dante Lang, but it was evident in the spring that Florida is struggling in terms of overall talent level here. Raymond is a former walk-on who plays hard and has good knowledge of the system but is physically limited. Stephens also doesn’t have any athletic qualities that will scare opponents and doesn’t seperate very well. Gamble hasn’t put it all together yet and struggled with drops this spring.
What Needs To Happen: One of the two true freshmen needs to be ready to play from Day 1. Florida simply has to get better production from