TE Blake Whiteley
For the second year in a row, the Longhorns have signed a JUCO tight end that they expect to make an immediate impact. Will Blake Whiteley be able to turn the team’s fortunes around at the position?
Texas’ tight end position is and remains a disaster until somebody proves otherwise. As a whole, Longhorn tight ends brought in 11 catches for 183 yards on the entire season, most of which belonging to pseudo-receiver John Harris. Starter Geoff Swaim had all of three catches for 14 yards, dropping two passes in the Alamo Bowl.
Like Swaim, Whiteley is known mostly for his blocking ability, recording a pedestrian eight catches for 67 yards at Arizona Western. However, the above highlight film (all caveats apply) does show off at least some ability to make tough catches. As a high schooler, Whiteley recorded 1,118 yards and 16 touchdowns.
He may or may not be Texas’ cure for its anemia at tight end, but the early enrollee has serious upside.