Monday, February 6, 2012
Breakout WRs (but really, tight ends)
By Kevin Gemmell
We already know the Pac-12 is going to be loaded with wide receiver talent next season. But who is an under-the-radar player that might make some noise?
ESPN's KC Joyner tabbed five pass-catchers he sees as potential breakout stars -- and among them is Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins:
How about one tight end for good measure. And does this sound familiar? A tight end playing for a West Coast team who has the size (6-foot-6, 258 pounds) to overwhelm cornerbacks and safeties and the speed to run past linebackers. His route-running skills are so vast that his team can move him around to a variety of places in a formation to utilize those incredible physical abilities in any manner imaginable. Seferian-Jenkins is so gifted that he contributes to his college's basketball team (11 points and 18 rebounds in 49 minutes against Pac-12 competition).
That description sounds an awful lot like how someone would have described Tony Gonzalez during his days playing for the California Golden Bears. That's a high bar to set for a young player, but Seferian-Jenkins has that type of potential. An All-Pac-12 nomination should be in his near future.
Plus, with Stanford's tight end duo of Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo, and UCLA's Joseph Fauria, there shouldn't be a lack for top-tiered big men catching balls next year. Also, Oregon's Colt Lyerla had a solid true freshman year. And the USC duo of Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble, and Utah's Jake Murphy round out a very talented crop of Pac-12 tight ends.