Tight end Kyle Pitts, a 6-foot-6, 246-pound true freshman from Abington, Pa., is making a favorable early impression on his position coach, Larry Scott.
“All I can say is the guy is a football guy,” Scott said. “He comes in and he wants to learn. He’s got a real natural skill set that we really like.
“He’s got a long ways to go learning how to compete every down and play in this league and the schemes and some of the things that we ask them to do in our offense.”
The tight end plays a significant role in Mullen’s offense. And it’s a multiple role that Pitts is still in the very early stages of grasping.
“The tight end has to be a very smart guy,” Scott said. “He’s involved in a lot of different things in the run game, pass protection, route running, coverage recognition and making calls with the O-line. There’s a lot that’s thrown at a young guy like that when they come in the room.
“There’s a lot being thrown at him right now. We’re only in practice five, so he’ll continue to just get better and better as it goes.”
Emory still in the hunt
The perception may be that it’s now a two-game race for the starting quarterback role between Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask, but true freshman Emory Jones is still very much involved, quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson said.
“They’re all close,” he said. “I love Emory. He works his tail off. He has a ton of talent. Obviously, having him in the spring helped his development and sped him up a little bit.”
Johnson said all three quarterbacks continue to struggle with consistency, something Mullen brought up earlier this week.
“All those guys are not where you want in terms of consistency,” Johnson said. “There are flashes of brilliance and there are flashes of not so good. So we’ve really got to shrink that gap as a position and come out and have a much higher consistency in our performance each and every day.”
Breakout time for LB?
Vosean Joseph did not have the big year at linebacker that many were expecting last season. But it’s going to happen in 2018, junior middle linebacker David Reese said.
“Vosean is a guy that has unbelievable talent,” Reese said. “He can do anything he sets his mind to. Whatever type of Vosean he’s going to want to give you, that’s the type you’re going to get. I feel like he’s going to
have a great season.”