Monday, February 9, 2015

A Look Ahead- Tight Ends

Senior J.P. Holtz is starting again and while he hasn't been thrown to much, he uses his rugged 6'4" 245 pound frame to block defenders into submission. He caught 21 passes as a junior and 4 went for touchdowns, so he has the ability in the passing game. It remains to be seen if new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will want the quarterbacks more involved, but if he does Holtz will be ready.

Backing him up again is 6'5" 260 pound junior Scott Orndoff, who has been a big disappointment in his first two seasons, though a lot of that seems to be because Pitt just never utilized him. He has great size to go along with good hands, speed, and athleticism, but he had just two catches last season. He should be closer to 40 catches so maybe Chaney will utilize his skills finally.

Three more reserves return to add depth. Redshirt sophomore Devon Edwards is a big blocker at 6'5" and 260 pounds, redshirt sophomore Tony Harper is a smaller receiving tight end at 6'4" and 220 pounds, and giant 6'6" 250 pound redshirt freshman Brian O'Neill obviously has great size, but like the other three he's untested. Edwards doesn't have speed or athleticism so he will probably never be a starter. Harper is more of an H-Back. O'Neill is interesting because of his size and speed combo.

Bottom line: Holtz and Orndoff alone make this a strong position this year and if Orndoff lives up to his potential it will be strong for at least the next two years. With no tight ends coming in this year, and Holtz leaving, another tight end will be needed in the '16 class, preferably a high quality one since the underclassmen are still a little questionable. The staff apparently feels the same because they have already handed out a handful of offers to high quality tight ends.


Talent:

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Depth:

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5 comments:

  1. Chris I think pitt ran a lot to control time last year. Because there d was poor.

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  2. Honestly, i dont think JP holtz is as good as we always hear from pitt fans. He is a very good blocker, yes, but for as much as fans complain about not throwing to the te's, holtz drops a good amount of passes.

    I think the te position is over valued by pitt fans as a whole. Having one or two solid tight ends is plenty. If im starting a team from scratch i might be least worried about having depth and talent there than any other position.

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  3. C'mon Chad throw J.P. Holtz into the NFL draft this year!

    In 2016 (D-Day vs. Penn State lol) : Scott Orndoff as a True Senior with R.S. Senior Chad Voytik (most likely minus NFL 1-2nd round pick Tyler Boyd) might be an exciting combo--especially with Jim Chaney calling plays.

    Scott Orndoff physically is an offensive coordinator's dream -- it would be hard to believe that Jim Chaney isn't salivating about ways to use the ample TE + H-back (Jaymar Parrish) talent.

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  4. Using Orndoff more could be wise until the WR2 spot solidifies. If I'm inside the 10, a nice option would be to set up shop with a jumbo package of Parrish, Holtz, Orndoff, Connor, and Boyd.

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  5. Basketball.
    Nice interview by Trib on Driscoll at UNF. Love this quote.

    “I don't care if you are at Pitt, Duquesne, Robert Morris. When they were good, they had players. It's about the Jimmys and Joes, not the Xs and Os.”

    Yep, it's about recruiting!
    Dixon needs to "UP" his recruiting game if that means replacing a few assistants, so be it!!

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