Texas A&M Football: 5 questions Aggies must answer in 2018

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1. Will any of the tight ends become contributors?

Jimbo Fisher’s first commitment as the head coach of Texas A&M was a tight end. JUCO product Jace Sternberger chose the Aggies over Boise State and became the first of what the Aggie staff hopes will be multiple tight ends in the 2018 recruiting class. Texas A&M picked up a pair of tight ends in the 2017 class, but neither saw the field as true freshman last season.

With a handful of warm bodies to work with, what will Fisher do?

It’s been no secret that the position has been a wasteland in College Station for quite some time. The last time tight ends were a meaningful part of the Texas A&M offense was 2011 under Mike Sherman. That season Hutson Prioleau and Michael Lamothe combined for 28 receptions, 244 yards and four touchdowns.

The Aggies haven’t had a game-changing presence at the position since Martellus Bennett who finished second on the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in his final season in 2006.

Sternberger joins fellow 2018 commit Glenn Beal as well as Camron Horry, Keynel McZeal and Aaron Hansford as potential answers at the position. Fisher has used it to much success in the past. Tight end Ryan Izzo finished third on the team in receiving touchdowns (three) and receiving yard (317) last season and hauling in 20 passes. Whether or not that sort of productive can materialize in College Station remains to be seen.