August 4, 2006

Fall camp preview: Tight ends

MADISON, Wis. - Today, BadgerBlitz.com continues looking at the Wisconsin Badgers football team position-by-position heading into fall camp. The Badgers report to camp on Aug. 6.

In this edition of the fall preview series we feature the tight ends, a group looking to replace the talented duo of Owen Daniels and Jason Pociask, both of whom are now in the NFL, not to mention last season's third option Joel Nellis, a leader in his own right.

Daniels was the Badgers' most productive tight end last season after having a standout year that included 22 receptions for 268 yards and four touchdowns. It was made obvious last season that a pass-catching tight end was going to be used in Paul Chryst's offense and used well. Now, the Badgers must find another option to aid the passing attack in 2006.

Like other positions on the team, the tight ends have a new position coach in Bob Bostad. Bostad was brought in to replace Chryst, who is now a full-time offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Badgers.

Here is a look at the tight ends.

SO Travis Beckum (6-foot-4, 219 pounds)

Beckum has played musical chairs with his position since arriving in Madison last summer. He came in projected at linebacker then he was moved to defensive end and this spring he moved to tight end where he expects to stay all season. Beckum was a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school and that has a lot to do with the level of his athletic ability. That athleticism has allowed him to go nearly full circle on the roster and now he seems a good fit on offense. He will compete for the starting nod this fall and he seems to fit the mold of a pass-catching tight end.

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