There had been some speculation as to if Florida State Seminoles (now former) defensive end Giorgio Newberry could be making a switch to tight end. All of that came into fruition this morning when FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher announced Newberry would indeed be making the transition to tight end.
Before this announcement, FSU had only two healthy scholarship tight ends on the roster in junior Nick O’Leary and freshman Jeremy Kerr. Kevin Haplea, a senior, suffered a season ending ACL injury over the summer and redshirt freshman Christo Kourtzidis recently announced he is transferring from FSU. However, Fisher indicated that Newberry’s move to tight end is not a reaction to the lack-of-depth, and this has been planned all along, despite the recent losses at tight end.
Newberry’s transition to tight end is intriguing to say the least. The redshirt sophomore is 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, has experience blocking playing offensive tackle in high school, and is a former basketball player. Many great NFL tight ends are former basketball players, notably: Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, and Jimmy Graham. Obviously I’m not hinting that Newberry will experience that degree of success, but it is worth mentioning.
Newberry was expected to potentially compete for a starting defensive end position in 2013, but obviously that will not be the case. This leaves seven scholarship defensive ends on FSU’s roster. I expect the five main contributors at defensive end to be: sophomore Mario Edwards, senior Dan Hicks, redshirt freshman Chris Casher, freshman DeMarcus Walker, and junior college transfer Desmond Hollin, a junior.
Patrick Mahoney covers Florida State football and the ACC for Rant Sports. You can follow him on twitter @PatrickRantFSU