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Auman: Taggart offense depends on big-play tight ends

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Taggart offense depends on big-play tight ends

 

Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer

Monday, August 12, 2013 5:30pm

 

TAMPA — Ask USF's Mike McFarland about the prominent role a tight end can play in a Willie Taggart offense, and his eyes light up with excitement.

 

"It gives me chills to think about the things we can accomplish," said McFarland, a Blake High graduate who totaled five catches in his first two years at USF but could be a major contributor this fall. "Our offense kind of revolves around the tight ends. … It's a pretty amazing feeling, just to be associated with this type of offense, to see the success he's had."

 

Fellow Bulls tight end Sean Price emerged in the second half of last season, catching 21 passes in the final six games as a freshman. He wants to build on that strong finish and, like McFarland, recognizes his position's central role in Taggart's West Coast offense.

 

"Knowing you can be that guy on such a great football team … it's an overwhelming, exciting feeling," Price said. "I thank God every morning for sending me a coach like coach Taggart, making tight ends a very important role. Growing up, tight ends really weren't used much."

 

Taggart's affection for tight ends goes back to his days as a Stanford assistant, learning under Jim Harbaugh — five tight ends during his time there are now in NFL camps. A name you might not recognize, but one that brings excitement to Price, McFarland and other Bulls, is Jack Doyle, a tight end who led Taggart's Western Kentucky teams with 50-plus catches in each of the past two seasons.

 

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The hardest part may be who is in the most.  I think we have two very, very talented guys at TE.  Possibly the two most talented guys we have on offense.

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The hardest part may be who is in the most. I think we have two very, very talented guys at TE. Possibly the two most talented guys we have on offense.

There will be alot of two TE sets in this offense

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Hopefully we can see some jump balls to McFarland in the end zone.  

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Man, I've NEVER understood under-utilizing TEs in our offense. This has me pretty excited, gives our QBs more options and those two guys (Price/McFarland) can flat play ball so I really look forward to seeing them with the ball.

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Love that we've got McFarland. Hope he makes an impact this year.

 

Love seeing players from my alma mater, especially since so few end up playing D-1 ball.

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