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Arizona’s historically hasn’t thrown to the tight end. That could change if Friday was any indication. Arizona went to the tight end plenty and in the first drive went three times to Josh Kern, who looked strong up the middle with catches.
“He got a little gassed,” Rodriguez said of Kern. “That was more catches by the tight end in the history of Arizona football (even) maybe when Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) was here. Gronk could look at that and say ‘what’s happening?’ We might throw the ball once or twice (to them).”
Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon said it “felt good” throwing to the tight end plenty because “we can bring in multiple packages … I like them a lot. They bring a lot to the table.”
Kern had five receptions for 31 yards. Trevor Wood had two catches and a touchdown.
Last year’s star running back, Nick Wilson, didn’t play because Arizona doesn’t need to see how good he is after he rushed for 1,393 yards. But his backup, Jared Baker, saw plenty of action. And Baker looked good.
“Jared has had a great spring,” Rodriguez said. “He’s put himself in position where we will put him in the regular rotation. He’s got some experience but with Nick sitting out with no contact, Jared has had an opportunity and has made the most of it.”
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ARIZONA CAREER TIGHT END RECEPTIONS
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MOST TIGHT END RECEPTIONS SINCE GRONK
*Terrence Miller was mostly used as a wideout in Arizona’s offense although he was listed as a tight end at 6’4″ and 230 pounds. No player listed as a tight end caught a pass last season.
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Steve Rivera is a longtime Tucson sports journalist was the Arizona basketball beat reporter for the Tucson Citizen for almost 20 years. He presently is a writer for FoxSportsArizona.com. He also is a guest analyst on KCUB (1290-AM) and editor-in-chief of Tucson-based Tail Winds magazine.