Fall Camp Position Preview: Tight End

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BOISE, Idaho - As the Boise State University football team prepares for its first season under head coach Chris Petersen during Fall Camp, broncosports.com would like to take the time to preview each position. Today we will take a look at the tight ends.

Scott Huff has returned to his alma mater this season to serve as tight ends coach after working with the offensive line as a graduate assistant the last two seasons at Arizona State.

As a player, Huff started 40 games at center during his four-year career. During that time, he earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a senior, anchoring a line that helped the Broncos lead the nation in scoring and total yards. In 2005 Huff was named to the Bronco Stadium 35th Anniversary Team as the squad’s center.

With nearly all of last year’s tight ends returning from last season, and the addition of a couple freshman, Huff believes the tight end position is not only going to provide experience this season, but versatility as well.

“Every single one of those guys has something that they do extremely well,” Huff said. “The tight end is kind of an identity in our offense because we get to do so much with them. We ask a ton of them and they have to be smart guys.”

Leading the pack is senior and three-year starter Derek Schouman, who Huff says is the complete package at the position. This preseason Schouman was one of 30 players named to the John Mackey Award Watch List, presented each year to the best collegiate tight end. In three seasons Schouman, a 6’2, 233-pound native of Eagle, has 49 receptions for 733 yards and seven touchdowns.

Also returning for the Broncos are junior Ryan Putnam and redshirt freshman Richie Brockel. Putnam is a 6’2, 244-pound Chino, Calif., native, who primarily serves as a run blocker. Brockel, a 6’4, 247-pound native of Phoenix, Ariz., has yet to see his first action, but has the coaching staff excited nonetheless.

“Putnam has played for a long time. He is great in the run game, and can play the h-fullback as well,” Huff said. “And Brockel is an upcoming guy that you’ll hear a lot about. You’ll see him do a lot of good things this year.”

Also in the mix are Chris O'Neill, a 6’3, 233-pound sophomore out of Moraga, Calif.; Jared Hunter, a 6’4, 225-pound senior from Santa Cruz, Calif.; 6’3, 231-pound sophomore Julian Hawkins of Long Beach, Calif.; and Tommy Gallarda, a 6’6’, 220-pound freshman from Brea, Calif.

“Our offense is in a very fortunate position with our tight end situation,” Huff said. “This is definitely going to be a strength of our team.”