February 27, 2008

Geer headlines group of returning tight ends

Who's back -


Riar Geer* (Jr.) Played through injury in 2007; finished with 14 receptions and 2 TDs
Patrick Devenny (Jr.) First reception last fall went for a touchdown against Miami (Ohio)
Devin Shanahan (Jr.) Has chance to prove he can be more than a practice body this spring
Nate Solder (So.) 6-foot-8 standout may see role change in the offense this year

Who's gone -

Tyson DeVree Had team high 6 TDs in '07; named honorable mention all-Big 12
Joe Sanders Caught eight passes and had five special teams points as a senior

* - Indicates player started in 2007.

Overview -

Kent Riddle's unit will be an interesting one to follow this off-season. The Buffs lose two of their top three tight ends from 2007, but have three highly regarded high school signees ready to join the mix this summer.

Until the incoming freshmen arrive on campus, most eyes will be on Riar Geer.

Two years ago Geer became the first freshman in school history to lead the team in receiving. But as a sophomore, he battled through injuries and saw his numbers drop off. Geer suffered a knee injury in the Florida State game in mid-September and broke his hand late in the season.

If healthy in 2008, Geer has the potential to be one of the best tight ends in the Big 12.

With just four tight ends on the roster for spring practices, Patrick Devenny and Devin Shanahan will get plenty of reps.

Devenny, who began his career at CU as a quarterback, had his first reception go for a touchdown last fall in week four against Miami (Ohio).

Shanahan joined the team as a walk-on from Highlands Ranch High school in August of 2005. He has yet to play in a game.

Nate Solder caught three passes for 50 yards as a redshirt freshman. The tallest member of the team, Solder is going to be used as a "slash" player during spring practices. He will play both tight end and offensive tackle.

Given the Buffs' lack of depth at tight end, Ryan Deehan, Will Pericak and Ryan Wallace will all have a chance to earn immediate playing time in the fall.

Deehan was one of the Buffaloes' top ranked signees from the 2008 class. He hauled in 51 passes for 828 yards as a junior at Poway (Calif.) High. Then as a senior, he showed improvement as a blocking tight end.

Pericak was known more for his abilities on the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker at Boulder (Colo.) High. But he is expected to start out practicing at tight end at CU. He has the size that should allow him to play as a true freshman should he be ready to mentally.

Wallace played under his father at Bowling Green (Ken.) High, where he caught 72 passes over the course of three seasons. He was originally planning to sign with Louisville, but changed his pledge late in the cycle.

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