Readily available: Talented TEs figure highly in Hogs' new game plan


Photographs by David Gottschalk

University of Arkansas Razorback tight end Jeremy Patton runs through drills Wednesday, August 8, 2018, during football practice on campus in Fayetteville.

Third in a series profiling the position groups for the Arkansas Razorbacks

Tight ends glance

RETURNING STARTERS Austin Cantrell (10 starts in 2017), Jeremy Patton (6)

LOSSES Will Gragg (transferred)

WHO’S BACK Cheyenne O’Grady (1 start in 2017), Grayson Gunter (redshirted last season), Hayden Johnson


WALK-ONS Trey Purifoy, Blake Kern

ANALYSIS The tight ends have perhaps the most veteran group on the team with mostly upperclassmen. Gunter, who redshirted last year to increase strength after a second labrum surgery, and Kern are the lone sophomores. The Razorbacks are not likely to run jumbo packages with two or three tight ends on the field at once in run formations, but intend to get plenty of mileage from the position, as evidenced in spring scrimmages. The players at the tight end spots will be versatile with motions, lead blocking, being attached to the line and split out.


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