Fall Camp Preview: Tight Ends

Harris and Tapia are among 8 on the depth chart.

Fresno State has the top tight end in WAC according to many preseason college football previews. Bear Pascoe had a solid first year as the starter. He is expected to garner postseason honors. However, the depth behind him is questionable as the ‘Dogs head into fall camp.

Jr. Bear Pascoe (6-6, 260) is an extremely gifted athlete. He entered the program as a quarterback in 2004, but moved to tight end in the spring of 2005. He still possesses the strongest arm on the team, but he has developed into one of the premier tight ends in WAC, if not the nation.

Pascoe caught only 22 passes last season, but should see an increased role this fall. New offensive coordinator Jim McElwain has changed the offense and Pascoe is arguably the most experienced receiving target. He averaged 14 yards per catch last season, tops on the team among receivers with at least 10 receptions.

Pascoe's lone question mark heading into 2006 was his hands. He was still learning the position last season, but had the best hands on the team in spring. Outside of Tom Brandstater, no other player on the team has a more secure position heading into camp.

So. Isaac Kinter (6-2, 240), recruited as a linebacker, moved to fullback as a true freshman in 2005 when Nate Adams went down with a season ending injury in fall camp. Kinter did not play and in turn kept his redshirt status. In spring of 2006, he remained at fullback despite the ‘Dogs pressing need for speed at linebacker. He has 4.5 speed.

Kinter progressed towards the role as the team's second tight end in double-tight packages and played in eight games. In spite of not having prototypical size, he was an extremely great run-blocker on the edge. Moreover, he finished with 10 receptions, sixth on the team among tight ends and receivers.

Kinter sat out spring nursing an injury. He continues to workout with the tight ends during summer. However, he could move back to fullback, where he would be the favorite to earn the starting nod in fall camp. Another spots he could see time are in the slot or at H-back.

Jr. Drew Lubinsky (6-6, 260) and Sr. Jesus Tapia (6-6, 255) have not lived up to their potential. Lubinsky possibly has the softest hands on the team but is arguably the slowest pass-catcher on the team. Tapia has finally added much needed weight to his frame but his rock-hard hands limit his effectiveness in the passing game. Between the two, they have two career catches.

Jr. Cameron Harris (6-3, 255) was an all-star offensive lineman in high school when he signed in 2004. He moved to tight end in 2005 to shore up a depleted unit. He did not play a down as a tight end and was a reserve center last season. In spring, Harris moved back to tight end and performed well.

Harris showed great hands throughout spring ball but his speed is questionable. With projected Adams sitting out spring, as well as Kinter, Harris took many first team reps at H-back. He is the mold of former Bulldog H-back Stephan Spach and will battle for time at the H-back spot in fall camp.

Incoming freshman Ryan Skidmore (6-5, 230) perhaps is the Bulldogs second best tight end. He has displayed great hands and decent speed throughout summer. Experience will be his shortfall. If he can learn the offense and acclimate to the speed of the college game, he could emerge from camp as Pascoe's back up.

Walk-on So. Norman Davis (6-6, 225) was plucked from the student body a few years back and is exceptional basketball player, his teammates say. However, he has yet to develop into a college tight end. Fellow walk-on Fr. Sonny McCree (6-0, 230) rounds out the depth chart. He moves well and has good hands but lacks size. McCree caught the winning touchdown in the spring game.

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