90i #88: Tyler White June 5, 2013
6′-5″, 235 lbs.
True Freshman (on scholarship, 5 years to play 5)
Plainwell High School / Plainwell, Michigan
What I Know About Him:
Three names in and I already hate my list. Seriously – I just went back and switched a few names around because it all feels wrong. It’s at this point that I usually have this moment of clarity and realize that I’m listing the 88th most important player on a college football team that went 2-10 last season. And that 27 people will read this and only nine of them will care. That’s usually enough to get me to just “who cares?” the whole list.
But I can’t do that tonight. Probably because I can’t believe I have Tyler White #88. Bill Cubit has said that he’s going to use his tight ends a lot (it’s like we’ve heard that before), and there’s no real dominant “you know he’ll be the guy” on the roster, so maybe it’s wide open for any tight end including the freshman White. Why not put an offensive lineman that’s bound to redshirt at #88?
Want a trip inside my brain? These are the things I think about. Whether I ranked a true freshman 2-star tight end too low on a list of NINETY players.
What I Expect From Him:
I’m pretty sure that by the end of the season, total number of catches for tight ends will look like this: 1) Jon Davis, 2) Evan Wilson, and 3) Matt LaCosse. Which means Tyler White is headed for a redshirt. We also added that Juco kid very late (Trevor Kanteman), and walkon Tim Clary looked pretty good in the spring game as a blocking tight end/h-back/fullback type. So there are a lot of players in front of White.
OK, so now I feel just fine about putting him #88 on this list. Unless he’s the second coming of JJ Watt (2-star tight end who originally went to Central Michigan and is now NFL Defensive Player of the Year), White is headed for a redshirt. Wait, COULD he be the second coming of JJ Watt? No? OK. I’ll settle for the second coming of Ken Dilger. It’s been a long time since we had a true go-to tight end. There’s your goal, Tyler White. Redshirt, get stronger, and become the second coming of Ken Dilger. Just make sure you run over a Purdue defensive back if he tries to tackle you. Trust me – just do it.