Incoming Freshmen: Chigoziem Okonkwo
Zero. Zilch. Nada. That’s precisely the number of catches that Maryland’s tight ends recorded last year. Even with struggles at quarterback and a run-heavy offense, it’s hard to believe that not a single tight end reeled in a pass. With that being said, I’m willing to step out on a limb and say that won’t be the case this upcoming season.
With multiple walk-ons at the tight end position, one of the more intriguing options comes from freshman Chigoziem Okonkwo. A consensus three-star recruit from Powder Spring, Georgia, Okonkwo is a smaller player at his position but could be more of a factor as a receiver. Senior Avery Edwards got off to a promising start in his freshman year, leading Maryland tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns. But over the last two years, Edwards has served in a reserve role, seeing most of his playing time on special teams.
Regardless of who the Terps start, hopefully Matt Canada can utilize the position more this year and make the offense that much more difficult to defend.