If there is one position San Diego State coaches might be worried about, it's tight end. Lack of experience and depth will could definitely hamper production from the tight end position in the 2014-15 season. Here is the official depth chart entering fall camp, according to to GoAztecs.com.
#94 Robert Craighead, 6'3" 265 pounds - Junior
Craighead enters 2014-15 as the Aztecs' top tight end. This may surprise you because, while Craighead played all 13 games in 2013-14, he caught only five passes for 32 yards with no touchdowns. However, Craighead is SDSU's best and most experienced option at tight end because last year's starting tight end, Adam Roberts, makes the switch to fullback this year. Hopefully for SDSU fans, Craighead has a breakout season starting. His 6'3'', 265 pound frame should give him an advantage against most defenders matched up against him.
#89 Daniel Brunskill, 6'5" 250 pounds - Sophomore
Officially listed as the back up to Craighead, Brunskill enters the 2014-15 season hoping to make a splash. Last season the sophomore played all 13 games without recording a single stat. Listed as the blocking tight end last season, the 6'5'', 250 pound sophomore should see plenty of action in the 2014-15 campaign, as the Aztecs will need as much run-blocking as they can get with the loss of Chad Young and an average offensive line.
You might see Craighead inserted into the game as a receiving threat, and Brunskill inserted into the game as a run-blocker. However, fall camp will go a long way in deciding who plays what role in the tight end corps.
#88 David Wells, 6'5" 250 pounds - RS Freshman
Coming out of his redshirt season in 2013-14, the 6'5'' 250 pound tight end could make his first Aztec appearance in 2014-15. Wells was a former high school quarterback who made the switch to tight end late in his career. As a tight end in his senior season at Clovis North High School, Wells caught 60 passes for 1,188 yards and 10 touchdowns. If SDSU could ever get production like that out of Wells, Coach Rocky Long would be a happy man.
#84 Darryl Richardson, 6'5" 240 pounds - RS Freshman
Richardson heads into the 2014-15 season after a 2013-14 redshirt campaign. Richardson was heavily recruited as a quarterback from Armwood High School in Seffner, Florida. In fact, ESPN gave him four stars and ranked him 2013's 18th-best dual-threat quarterback. ESPN also reported that Richardson received offers from Ohio State and Tennessee.
But Richardson also caught a few passes in high school--five passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns, to be exact. Coach Long and his staff recruited Richardson as a tight end, not a quarterback, and apparently Richardson wanted to catch passes in college, not throw them. He's currently listed as the 4th-string tight end, but boy, this guy has a lot of potential.
#87 Aaron Boesch, 6'5" 250 pounds - Junior
Listed last on the depth chart for the Aztecs is Boesch. The junior enters the 2014-15 campaign having played one game in his Aztec career. That one game was off the bench against Fresno State where he caught a one-yard touchdown pass--not bad for his first and only play. But his lack of experience lands him at the bottom of the depth chart.
Look for one of these tight ends to have a breakout season in 2014-15. And as I mentioned earlier, SDSU might run a tandem-tight end system, with one run-blocker and one receiving threat.