Tight end Kendall Moore has completed his summer course work at Syracuse and will be able to join Texas when the Longhorns start practice next week.
Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman reports that Moore’s arrival isn’t a surprise. But since he hadn’t finished his last class at Syracuse, he couldn’t transfer or start practice immediately.
It’s a big boost for the Texas program, where depth at the position is problematic. 2017 starter Caleb Bluitt is in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ training camp.
Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck was confident that help would arrive after talking with reporters earlier this week.
“There are some young players that came in, we’ve got a graduate transfer, so there’s some situations there that that position’s going to be looked at to see who can help us in there,” Beck told the American-Statesman.
Moore had 14 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns in 37 career games with four career starts with the Orange. He was limited to one catch for 15 yards last season when he missed the final eight games with an injury.
Lack of production at tight end
The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder is from Simeon High School in Chicago. It’s well known for producing top basketball players like Derrick Rose and Nick Anderson.
Texas senior tight end Andrew Beck enters training camp No. 1 on the depth chart despite battling injuries last season. Junior Garrett Gray has been primarily a special teams player for the last two seasons.
Freshmen tight ends Reese Leitao and Cade Brewer arrive as heralded prospects, although both have never played college football before.
Texas senior Andrew Beck, who has suffered multiple injuries, has 12 receptions in 37 career games. Junior Garrett Gray has played mostly special teams the last two years. Freshmen Reese Leitao and Cade Brewer both come in with high acclaim, but neither has played on the collegiate level.