NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State tight end unit produced just 13 receptions for 153 yards in 2017. One of five position groups for the Tigers not to have a senior, the tight ends look to regain its place in the offensive game plan.
The Big Blue return three players with game experience from a year ago Miles Cavitt earned two starts in 2017 and hauled in four passes for 50 yards. Kyle Oliver and Aaron Cauthen were used in the run game and hope to provide the offense an added threat, along with Cavitt.
Josh Trueheart came to TSU as a quarterback and moved to tight end in the spring after serving a redshirt season. Trueheart will add to the depth of the corps.
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Junior Tight End Miles Cavitt
- On the Tight End Unit
“We are getting better every day. We are four-deep, all athletic and three of us have playing experience. I feel we are ahead of where we were last year.”
- On what needs to be improved upon
“We need to get better with our blocking. Our route running will continue to get better, so we can provide more options.”
Redshirt Junior Tight End Kyle Oliver
- On Assessment of the Tight Ends
“We are young. Personally, I think we are the weakest link on the team right now. There are just four of us and we need to all be on the same page. But I do feel we are heading in the right direction.”
- On Improvements Needed
“We need to study more film. We need to get in the classroom with the quarterbacks and get the offense more into our heads. We need to get it down pat, so on game days we can make the right checks, read coverage’s and know what plays to run. Right now we still have a few mental busts. But we are going to keep working until we can be perfect on the field.”
- On building and returning the whole tight end corps next year
“It is real exciting. This group has a lot of potential and we show it day in and day out. The key point is chemistry and we need to keep it within the offense. We need to get the quarterbacks, the coaches and the offense to trust us on plays and our routes. When we can, we will make plays.”
Redshirt Freshman Josh Trueheart
-On day five and highlights of the practice
“Camp went well today. A highlight I had was when I made a big play towards the end of practice that got us back into scoring territory. It was fun and I liked the energy of it. I ran a corner route. [Michael Hughes] actually had a busted play and ran out. I thought, I might as well trail Mike, so I trailed him, got open and when I got open, I took as many yards as I could.”
-On transition from QB to TE
“It’s very different. It’s stressful. I give my props to Michael, Demry and all of the other quarterbacks. Learning all of the plays back-to-back is a second job. You have to study it day in and day out. You have to sleep it, you have to think about it all moments of the day. Coming to tight end is a lot easier because you only have to know half of the playbook. You have time to process the plays and think about what you’re going to do regarding your blocking schemes and route running and how to run them and the quick yards to get. I like it. It’s a different feel, but I like it.”
-On the TEs becoming a key option for the offense
“Really, we’re just working to be the best tight ends that we can. TSU has a few tight ends that have come in throughout history, but not too many dynamic duos. I feel like we have the duos to make anything happen. Kyle can transfer into a receiver. We’ve got Aaron with his route running. Cavitt gets the job done, and I can make plays here and there. I have a few things to work on, but I feel like if we all come together – piece by piece, it should be great.”