Obviously, i’m not Clay. But I do have an answer to your question… It’s numbers… And talent.
Clearly, we have one stud in Sprinkle. Other than that we have one veteran who is a solid if not spectacular (Kraus), three very highly thought of red shirt freshman (Gragg, O’Grady and Canttell), and Antoine for depth (and that’s not even taking into account the true freshman from Mississippi who will almost certainly redshirt this year). We just need one of the 3 red shirts to come through to have a strong situation there, and if 2 step up you’ve got an embassment of riches at TE. The odds favor this prediction coming true.
I mentioned this in another thread that TE (besides Sprinkle) will be the breakout surprise player on offense.
Which one it actually is I don’t know. But I look for one to step up as teams concentrate on Sprinkle. I look for Mr Sprinkle to follow in the footsteps of Henry as well and be an All SEC 1st teamer.
I think Jeremy Sprinkle is a special player. I think Jack Kraus is going to surprise some people. I also know that Anthony Antwine is better than most imagine. There is a good number of others going to contribute there. I think several from that deep list of redshirt freshmen will blossom. I know they will have a plan on how to best utilize all of those. Of course, they have more wide receivers don’t need as many tight ends, but they will have tight ends when it’s time to confuse the defense with formation, motion and shifts.