Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll.
Arkansas position glance Tight ends:
Good mix of skills gives Hogs options
Arkansas sophomore tight end Hunter Henry makes a catch during practice Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
Bret Bielema's offenses have been very good to the tight end position.
Tight ends glance
RETURNING STARTER Hunter Henry
LOSSES Austin Tate, Mitchell Loewen
WHO’S BACK Jeremy Sprinkle, Alex Voelzke
WHO’S NEWAJ Derby, Jack Kraus
WALK-ONS Will Duncan
ANALYSIS The Razorbacks will use multiple tight end sets frequently and they’ll sprinkle the tight ends everywhere with them lining up at the traditional end-of-the-line spot, split wide, in the slot, as an H-back and even at fullback. Starter Hunter Henry and fellow sophomore Jeremy Sprinkle have improved at in-line blocking. AJ Derby’s knowledge of the offense, great hands and blocking ability are welcome additions. Alex Voelzke is a key asset for depth, which helped allow Arkansas to move Mitchell Loewen to defensive end. Freshman Jack Kraus is good insurance against injuries while possibly redshirting.
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