Football analysis: Tight end group has big shoes to fill

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    There’s nothing like having a pass-catching, block-throwing, big man on your roster. Good tight ends can provide this dual threat on a play-by-play basis and are often underutilized in offenses at all levels of play.

    The Frogs aren’t known to completely ignore their tight ends in the passing attack, but it’s unclear who will be filling the role in 2009.

    Shae Reagan, the Frogs’ primary tight end in 2008, is departing after several successful seasons with the team. Reagan accounted for 18 catches, 237 yards and one touchdown last season.

    The only returning tight end who had a catch in 2008 is junior Evan Frosch. The 6-foot-4-inch, 260-pound tight end from Midland totaled 10 receptions for just 67 yards last season, but did manage to haul in two touchdowns. Frosch saw most of his action early in the season, with eight of his 10 catches coming in the first four games. He is being penciled in as a starter in 2009, but we will have to wait and see if Frosch can adequately replace Reagan’s productivity.

    Sophomore Logan Brock is another option at the tight end position in 2009. The Copperas Cove native saw action in all 13 games last season, but failed to haul in a single pass. His younger brother, Tanner Brock, will be a freshman linebacker for the Frogs.

    Walker Dille and Corey Fuller, both redshirted in their first year with the Frogs, will likely find their roles increased in 2009. It will be interesting to see if their success at the high school level will transfer onto the college field. If Frosch doesn’t produce as expected, look for one of these two youngsters to quickly climb the depth chart.

    Sophomore fullback Luke Shivers is also expected to see some action as a tight end in 2009.

    Projected starter: Evan Frosch

    Other returning players: Logan Brock, Walker Dille, Corey Fuller, Luke Shivers

    Newcomers: None