Sophomore tight end impresses coaches, hopes to start for PSU
Adam Whitehead might have been the most satisfied player coming out of Portland State's spring football drills.
The Vikings expect to have as many as seven tight ends on the roster in the fall, but sophomore Scott Weaver and redshirt freshman Skylar Brower were injured this spring, and four others aren't due to arrive till August.
'I loved spring drills,' says Whitehead, a sophomore who prepped at Grant. 'I got every rep, so I pretty much felt like I was the starter.'
Whitehead is the Viks' only returning tight end with any catches, so the coaches were interested in seeing his development. And he didn't disappoint.
'He did a great job,' offensive coordinator Dave Telford says. 'I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do for us during the season.'
Whitehead, 6-3 and 255 pounds, caught two passes for 66 yards and one touchdown last year. He often appeared in goal-line situations.
'My position is a lot of run blocking,' he says, 'and they want you to play big, taking on a defensive end or helping double-team a linebacker. But we throw a lot, too, and I'm hoping to get my share.'
Last year, senior tight ends Tim Hester and Zach Foster caught just 18 passes between them for 237 yards and two TDs.
'I don't know that getting the tight end more receptions is going to be a priority,' Telford says. 'But I expect Adam to gain more yards, maybe 150 percent more than we got there last year, because he's that talented.'
Notes: Telford says he'll consider getting tailbacks Ryan Fuqua and Joe Rubin into the backfield at the same time, although he points out that 'one of them will still have to block for the other. It may just be better to rotate them, but we're working on that.'
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