Texas A&M Football: Why did this tight end enter the transfer portal?

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Spring football is in full swing for the Texas A&M football team, which means positional battles are kicking off for the first time as the 2022 season approaches. The Aggies have more than a handful of these going on. Most notably, we’ll see new faces at the quarterback spot, on the defensive line, and along the offensive line.

One of these position battles may have already weeded out a player.

I’m talking about the tight end position, which has more than a few viable candidates to take over the starting spot. For the last three seasons, it’s been a single guy — Jalen Wydermyer. Wydermyer has now moved on to the NFL Draft, where he’ll hope to be drafted in an early round despite poor offseason testing.

The Texas A&M football team’s tight end position got a little bit clearer with a key player transferring out

Even though we won’t know who will start at the tight end position for Texas A&M right away, we can take certain hints based on the activity surrounding the team. Part of that activity revealed itself on Wednesday when an Aggie tight end decided to transfer out of College Station.

That tight end is Baylor Cupp, a player who was once the top tight end in his class. The 6-foot-7, 250-ish-pound tight end never truly found an opportunity to play with the Aggies due to incessant injuries. Cupp made one start but never recorded a catch with Texas A&M.

According to 247Sports’ Brian Perroni, Cupp has entered the transfer portal.

For some, Cupp could have appeared as the frontrunner at the tight end position due to his experience with the program, even if he was physically set back for his first three seasons in Aggieland. It looks like that wasn’t the case.

The exact reason why he entered the transfer portal is unclear — that said, he wouldn’t have done so if he had lost the starting job.

This could potentially point to two players as the team’s starter in 2022 — Jake Johnson or Donovan Green. Both of these players are incoming freshmen. Thankfully, Jimbo Fisher has shown no hesitation to start true freshmen at the tight end position — that much is evident by the fact that Jalen Wydermyer started as a true freshman and would eventually become a staple on offense.

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