By David Udel
It’s pretty obvious, depending on Irvins and Polendey’s health, we may be thin at the TE position.
We know Jordan and Mallory will be one, and two at the position. We also know Irvin can bring a much needed experienced player to the field. Plus with Polendey’s size, let’s hope he is healthy and ready to play this season as well.
TE. 6’3″ 245. Sophomore.
2018 ALL-ACC, SECOND TEAM
Jordan saw action in 12 of 13 games and made 11 starts in a solid freshman campaign. Jordan earned second-team All-ACC recognition with catching 32 passes for 287 yards. Only one player caught more passes than Jordan caught for the Canes last season. His four touchdowns were also second-most. If Martell does get his waiver, it would be interesting to see the two play together again.
Jordan is a big-time talent, by far the best TE in Florida. We just need to find ways to get him the ball. Hopefully, we have a QB that can do just that. If we get a QB that can play the position like it should be played, I see a major breakout season for Jordan.
Jordan will be our starting TE.
TE. 6’5″ 230. Sophomore.
Mallory saw action in 10 games and made one start during the regular season. Mallory caught five passes for 37 yards with one touchdown.
Mallory also had a very nice freshmen season, firmly cementing himself as the number two TE behind Jordan. Jordan and Mallory will continue to do what they did last year and be the TE rotation. I’d like to see Mallory put on 10 pounds, just so he has a little more weight to throw around.
TE. 6’3″ 210 RS-Junior.
Ducheine saw action in three games but mostly served as a member of the practice squad. Depending on the health of Irvin and Polendey, Ducheine will also see some action again this season. If we have to play 210-pound Ducheine at TE, it’s only because of how thin we are at the position.
MICHAEL IRVIN II
TE. 6’3″ 240 Junior.
Irvin missed the entire regular season while recovering from knee surgery, but was ready to play for the Pin Stripe Bowl.
It seemed as soon as Irvin started to show some promise, his season ended with an injury.
Look for Irvin to work hard and work his way into some playing time, especially on certain running plays.
TE. 6’6″ 245. RS-Sophomore.
Polendey only saw action in two games before suffering a season-ending injury. It’s hard to tell what we will get out of Polendey. If 100 percent at some point, his size alone will get him playing time. There are a lot of ways to use a guy that tall with his frame.
Again, if healthy I see Jordan, Mallory, Irvine, and Polendey getting playing time.
We also ad from our 2019 class, Larry Hudges. The 6’1″ 235 pound TE from Jesuit in Tampa Florida is a bit small for a TE. Hodges does, however, have a very good skill set. He is a great athlete that will be able to play several positions Including H Back.
Not a whole lot to breakdown with this group. Every Canes fan probably had our TE situation figured out already. If everyone stays healthy, we should be fine.
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