NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State tight end unit will look to provide support for the running game, as well as the air attack. In 2016, the tight ends accounted for just 11-percent of the Tigers receptions, but do return junior Mahlon Medley who finished fourth on the team.
Medley finished behind returning recivers Patrick Smith, Steven Newbold and Chris Rowland with 13 catches. Mahlon went for 186 yards in 11 games played and entered the end zone on three occasions.
Medley will get support from redshirt-freshman Aaron Cauthen and a pair of newcomers. Justin Hurston joins TSU after redshirting his freshman campaign at the University of Georgia. Greenfield, Tenn., native Miles Cavitt will add depth for the Tigers.
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Sophomore Tight End Miles Cavitt
- On how camp has been going
“Camp is going really well. We’re just trying to learn the plays and get better every day. It’s high intensity out here, and you’ve just got to learn the plays really quickly. It’s a lot faster than high school, so you just have to keep the pace and keep going.”
- On improvements since the start of camp
“I think I’ve learned the plays a lot better. I’ve gotten a little more physical than I was, and I’m just moving around faster.”
- On the toughest part of camp
“The hardest part is remembering the plays, but we do it every day, so I’m getting used to it.”
- On the best part of camp
“The best part of camp has been just being out here with my teammates. You’re spending all day with them, so it’s been a lot of fun.”
Redshirt Freshman Tight End Justin Hurston
- On the progress of camp
“Camp has been good. Coming in from Georgia, I’m just trying to get the playbook and learn everything.”
- On summer focus
“Conditioning. I just want to make sure I’m staying in shape. I knew I was going to be coming in late right before camp started, so I was just trying to make sure by body was in the right condition.”
- On improvements
“Just becoming an all-around player. In the run game, making sure my blocks and my techniques are sound, and making sure my routes are crisp in the passing game.”
- On the highlight of camp
“It’s been great getting to know everybody and everybody’s personality. I’m really enjoying it here.”
Redshirt Freshman Tight End Aaron Cauthen
- On camp
“Camp has been good. Getting back in the swing of things after redshirting last year. Finally getting into the system and playing, it’s been really good."
- On his focus before camp
“A lot of conditioning. I knew that was the biggest thing was getting in shape because it’s going to be hot out here. A lot of conditioning, a lot of footwork and catching balls. I just tried to prepare myself as best as possible.”
- On where the tight ends can improve
“I think route running. I feel like if we get our route running down, we’ll get a lot more balls.”
- What is your ultimate goal for this year?
“Winning an OVC Championship.”