Texas A&M spring football countdown: TEs
After years of running a spread offense, Jimbo Fisher’s arrival in College Station meant the adoption of pro-style concepts by Texas A&M. This, in turn, meant that Texas A&M would have to find tight ends for Jimbo Fisher’s new offensive system. The Aggies got a couple of immensely talented individuals in Jace Sternberger and Trevor Wood. Sternberger became a sensation for the Aggies as one of the most reliable targets for Kellen Mond while Wood was a force as a blocker in the run game. With Wood graduating and Sternberger headed to the draft, the Aggies will nearly have to start from scratch at the position. Let’s talk about what A&M has going on at tight end before the spring starts.
While he didn’t get as much praise as the aforementioned Sternberger and Wood, true freshman Glenn Beal did an effective job as the third tight end in goal-line sets. Coming out of high school the New Orleans native was a bit raw at the position. Unsurprisingly, he needed time to develop at the position while also learning the ins and outs of the position in Jimbo Fisher’s offense. His high school film showed strength and athleticism but I think being able to develop behind Sternberger and Wood in his freshman year will help him in the long term. It will be interesting to see how Beal looks in the spring, but I expect him to be bigger and stronger.
The only other scholarship tight end on the roster heading into spring will be early enrollee, Baylor Cupp. Cupp is more of a natural receiver than Beal coming out of high school and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cupp take over Sternberger’s role as the primary pass-catching threat while Beal becomes the bulldozing run blocker ala Trevor Wood. Cupp will have to adjust to a completely different style of offense as his high school uses a run-heavy Wing-T scheme. It will be interesting to see how Baylor adjusts to a more complex route tree in the spring but considering the athleticism at his disposal, I don’t see him having any problems.
This spring will be less about a position battle at tight end and more about growth and development for Beal and Cupp at the position. The good news is that new Tight Ends Coach for the Aggies, Joe Jon Finley, has a wealth of knowledge about the position having played tight end at the highest levels of the sport. A&M fans should be excited to see the progress of new talent at the position over the course of the spring.