July 31, 2006

A&M has wealth of talent at tight end

Texas A&M is welcoming back a strong contingent of receivers and running backs to help ease the transition to new starting quarterback Stephen McGee, but the most talented offensive position can be easily overlooked.

That's because the tight end position hasn't been something to write home about for a while in Aggieland, but in 2006 it will be a strong point of emphasis.

The Aggies have a solid blocker, a pass-catching phenom and a budding All-American at the position.

Martellus Bennett - Sophomore

Bennett's career at A&M started on shaky ground after he dropped some passes thrown his way early in the 2005 season, but what surprised most observers was his blocking skills. As the season progressed, so did his ability in the A&M aerial attack as he ended the season with 18 catches for 162 yards and three touchdowns.

He entered spring practice after he finished his duties with the men's basketball team and immediately took over on the field. His pass-catching abilities have progressed and his blocking is All-American.

At 6-foot-7 and approaching 260 pounds, Bennett is the prototypical tight end and is poised to have a giant season.

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