All throughout the Spring football practices, we will be taking a in depth look at each position, and give you some insight of what is needed come the start of the 2014 season. In this article we will be covering the tight ends.
What Happened In 2013?
In 2013, Rebel Nation was introduced to All-SEC true-freshman Evan Engram. Engram broke onto the seen from the get-go, showing his talent during the Vanderbilt game. Engram would finish the season with 21 receptions for 268 yards, adding 3 touchdowns to his freshmen season.
Due to fracturing his foot during the LSU game, Engram would have to sit out the rest of the regular season. It would prove to be a huge loss for the Rebels, impacting an important role on offense. Engram would return in time for the Music City Bowl against Georgia Tech. Even though he did not see a lot of receiving action in the win over Tech, Engram’s presents alone on the field proved to be vital for the Rebels.
Evan Engram’s best performance in 2013 had to be the Vanderbilt game, but he would definitely stand out in the games against SEMO, Texas, and Texas A&M. We will definitely be looking forward to seeing what Engram will produce in his sophomore year.
What’s Coming In 2014?
All eyes are on 2014 4-star prospect out of Greenwood, Mississippi, Sammie Epps. Epps is 6ft., 4 inches, and 214 pounds, a near-perfect stature for the tight end/receiver position. He finished 2014 ranked #10 in his position nationally. In his 2013 high school football season, he had 46 receptions for 808 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Epps received major hype across the country after his performance in the 2013 Mississippi All-Star Game. This caused Epps to second guess his early decision of committing to Ole Miss, but later declined offers from Auburn, LSU, and Mississippi State, after reassuring his commitment to Ole Miss. We could not find that video, but here is a highlight video of Epps’ 2013 season.
What Do We Want To See In 2014?
Having Sammie Epps will definitely add major talent behind Evan Engram. Last year, it was all Evan Engram until his injury midway through the season. Let’s see some rotations now between Epps and Engram. This will lead to healthier depth in this position.
Are we going to see this position as a receiver role like last year, or could we see some mix with some offensive blocking? Coach Hugh Freeze announced early this year that we would see Channing Ward step into this role. It has been noted of Ward practicing this spring under the tight end position. So yes, seeing some offensive blocking roles out of our tight ends is something I would definitely like to see in 2014.
What would you like to see out of the tight ends in 2014? Leave your comment in the section below.