Clemson Football has seen some big success from their tight ends in the past. Players like Dwayne Allen, Brandon Ford, and Jordan Leggett turned success on the field in college into pro opportunities.
For a few seasons following Leggett’s departure, production from the tight end position waned. This wasn’t a major flaw for the offense as the Tigers had plenty of playmakers at wide receiver and running back. Some theorized the tight end might never be quite as important as it was during Leggett’s tenure.
Tight end production bounced back a little bit last season as new tight ends coach/passing game coordinator Kyle Richardson worked with the group. Davis Allen and Jake Briningstool developed into targets as the offense struggled to find reliable targets among the receivers.
Allen has left for the NFL, and the fanbase is excited about what Briningstool might accomplish in Garrett Riley’s offense. What we don’t know is exactly how the tight end position will be used in Riley’s offense with the Tigers in 2023.
Here are the roster expectations as we approach fall camp.
- Expected starter: Jake Briningstool (Jr)
- Depth: Sage Ennis (RS Jr), Josh Sapp (RS Fr), Olsen Patt Henry (Fr), Markus Dixon (Fr)
- Walk-ons: Will Blackston (RS Jr), Banks Pope (RS Jr), Griffin Batt (Rs Fr)
Here are three questions about the tight ends.