Name: Ronnie Ghent School:
Four year starter that's earned first or second team All-Conference honors every season since he was a red-shirt freshman. Caught 34 passes for 421 yards, after 25/206/3 as a junior. Played only six games in 2002 after suffering a season ending knee injury against Memphis. Sophomore totals were 34/30/5.
Hard working, pass catching tight end with solid athletic skills. Extends nicely for the pass or adjusts and pulls the ball out of the air. Moves well laterally or consistently comes back to the quarterback and makes himself an available target. Breaks down well, flexible and works to pick up the extra yardage running after the catch. Quick off the snap into blocks, plays with good pad level and uses body positioning to wall defenders from the action. Competitive, tough and gives effort in all aspects of the game.
Lacks the soft hands and does not always come away with the tough catch in traffic. Does not possess the break away speed for a pass catching tight end and offers only marginal playing strength as an in-line blocker.
Offering an adequate package of size and athleticism, Ghent could be a solid tight end brought onto the field for third and long situations. Needs to step up his game and take it to the next level during camp over the summer to have a true shot at sticking on an active roster come September.