Tight Ends Long Important for PSU Offense
There is much talk of Bill O’Brien’s innovative and very effective use of tight ends at New England.
That, coupled with the commitment of top TE recruit Adam Breneman of Cedar Cliff, is hopeful news for the Penn State offense.
Everything is different with the new coaching staff, but Lions’ fans may note Penn State’s offense usually worked best when there was a quality tight end.
Go all the way back to Ted Kwalick in the 60s. Michey Shuler did it in the 70s.
In 1982, Mike McCloskey made the famous catch against Nebraska to keep the drive alive in the final minute, then backup Kirk Bowman caught the winning touchdown pass in that game for the ages.
The 1994 offensive juggernaut featured Kyle Brady, and more recently, Andrew Quarless helped move the chains.
A good tight end (or two) gives the opposing defense so much to think about. It cuts down on the ability to double team wide receivers, helps occupy linebackers to keep them away from running backs, and provides a big target for quarterbacks.
Many of Penn State’s best teams have had very good tight ends. Let’s hope that trend is one that carries over to the new era.