PROVO — BYU tight ends coach Steve Clark had a lot more to talk about during this year’s Media Day as opposed to the last one.

In 2016 Clark took the reins of a position group that largely didn’t exist prior to the hiring of offensive coordinator Ty Detmer. He started last season with a very inexperienced group of players who hadn’t recorded a single reception between them while starting pretty much from scratch regarding the development of true pro-style tight ends.

This year it’s an entirely different story.

Although there’s still plenty of work ahead, Clark talked confidently and enthusiastically about the group of players available to him this season.

“The five I have — I love them,” Clark said. “I’m trying to be cautiously optimistic with them, and I don’t want to put too much pressure on them, but I really like what they’re able to do.”

The five tight ends Clark has to work with includes senior Tanner Balderree (6-foot-3, 241 pounds) and junior Hunter Marshall (6-3, 235)— both of whom had a lot of game experience last season, along with converted wideout Moroni Laulu-Pututau (6-4, 230.) Promising freshmen Matt Bushman (6-5, 235) and Bentley Hanshaw (6-6, 225) are also in the mix. That number could expand to six should Joe Tukuafu (6-6, 280) receive clearance to play after deciding to transfer from Utah State.

Which of the five will play most is still up in the air, with fall practices set to begin July 27. Clark isn’t necessarily looking for just one player to rise above the others during practice sessions.

“It’s not a priority,” Clark said. “If it happens, then great, but I think four guys can do it.”

In regard to what all five do well, Clark says Balderree and Marshall are the two who can be depended on to block, while …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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