Eagles Football: 2014 Boston College Tight Ends Preview

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2014 Boston College Tight Ends Preview: Joel Rich, likely backup

Our Preview: Joel Rich, TE

Rich had a reputation in high school as being a good pass-catching tight end, which makes him a wild card at this position for the Eagles this season.

In 2012 while a high school senior, Rich caught 15 touchdown passes on 650 total yards, neither of which he would be able to replicate here because of the lack of emphasis on the passing game, but it still speaks to his ability.

Having redshirted last season, Rich could coax his way into some playing time this season, and he may be called upon to receive in certain passing situations.

2014 Boston College Tight Ends Preview: Sean Burke, likely backup

Our Preview: Sean Burke, LB

As previously noted, Burke is the only tight end currently on the roster who had a reception last season. Not that anyone is panicking or casting aspersions, but that is scary.

Burke has been bouncing around from linebacker to special teams and now to tight end; as a true sophomore, this Pennsylvanian got into two games. He had a good spring game and was effective on the pass-catching front.

It does not seem like Burke will move into a starting role, but there is a chance he can crack the two-deep somewhere at this or a similar position.