OXFORD, Ohio – The tight end position remains relatively unchanged as the Miami University football team prepares for the upcoming 2013 season.
Seniors Steve Marck and Dustin White, along with sophomore Orlando David, will all likely be part of a rotation again, as no clear-cut starter was named this spring.
“The thing is, you have two old guys in there in Steve and Dustin,” MU offensive coordinator and tight ends coach John Klacik said. “When you’re older, you play with more confidence and they know what they’re doing. They’re assignment sound and having those guys will help a guy like Orlando to develop.”
Marck (6-3, 237 pounds) was the most consistent pass catcher last season, as he finished with 27 grabs for 299 yards, averaging 11.1 yards per catch. The Newtown, Pa. native had his best game of the season against Southern Illinois University, hauling in four passes for 73 yards, including a 35-yarder.
“Steve is a leader, a smart player," Klacik said. "He’s physical and he’s got all the tools you want in a tight end. And he’s so smart. You don’t have to re-teach stuff with him and that’s what I like about him. He’s almost like a coach on the field, because he can come off and tell you exactly what’s going on.”
White (6-2, 253) started in seven games last season and finished with 12 catches for 88 yards. The Lake Charles, La. native grabbed three catches for 34 yards against Cincinnati in what was his most productive game.
“Dustin just keeps developing and getting better and better,” Klacik said. “He’s running better than he has during the last three years since I’ve been around, which is making him more of an impact guy.”
Lastly, David (6-3, 237) caught seven passes for 49 yards as a true freshman in 2012. The Miami, Fla. native looks to continue learning from Marck and White, as he will likely be the main guy come 2014.
“Orlando has grown up. He’s learning,” Klacik said. “We played him last year and at times he looked like he was ready and at times he didn’t. He’s still a puppy, but he’s grown up now.”
Klacik continued, “All those guys are weapons. They have good hands, they stretch the field, they run well and it’s good to have a guy in that position with multiple talents.”