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Aug 15, 2014 3:21 PM by Derek Buerkle - KPAX Sports

Griz looking tight end questions

MISSOULA - The Grizzlies have enjoyed an offseason with very little controversy. But they still have some questions to answer - for one, who's going to play tight end?

Last year's starter Clay Pierson graduated, and his backup Jordan Harper left the team. Now they're left without a single player who has taken a snap at the position while at Montana.

Freshman Mike Ralston, Cooper Sprunk and Josh Horner, junior college transfer Jermaine Jones, and converted wide receiver Mitch Saylor are battling for a spot.

Saylor is finally healthy after an injury plagued year, and he has enjoyed the switch to tight end.

"I was excited about it, cause last year I did a little bit of tight end stuff. Not a lot. I was really excited to do something new, something I've never done. My dad played tight end, so I know he was happy. I'm learning stuff from them, and they're learning receiving stuff from me. So I think we're really helping each other out," Saylor said.

"Coming out of Spring, we felt good about Mike Ralston had a really good winter. We felt good about Mitch switching positions. Then the work that they've done this Summer has been amazing. I really think right now that's a position that we're going to be fine there," coach Mick Delaney added.

Griz tight ends made only 26 catches last season, but nine of them went for touchdowns. With their heavy use of play-action passes, Delaney says that position plays a vital role in the offense. He wants to use many two tight end formations.

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