CHARLESTON, S.C. – Throughout fall camp, we'll provide positional previews of Charleston Southern's 2018 team. Today, we take a look at the tight ends.
Projected Starter: Qua-Von Scott
Lost: Kale Rhame
Additions/Newcomers: Patrick Smith
Three Things to Watch
Mastering the ins and outs
Tight ends coach Mike DeTerlizzi has challenged his entire group to be more consistent. That's asking for a good deal, considering the dual role CSU's tight ends play in an option offense that also throws the ball quite a bit. DeTerlizzi believes an in-depth knowledge of the offensive scheme will allow the tight ends to meet that challenge.
"They're offensive lineman and receivers so they have to be able to do things well in both areas," DeTerlizzi said. "With Travay and Qua-Von, especially, they've been in the system longer than I have so they have a tremendous knowledge of the offense which helps a lot."
Scott and Hatten looking to take next step
Qua-Von Scott and Travay Hatten are in their fourth season in the program and have earned a majority of the snaps at tight end the last two seasons. Scott took on an increased role last season, catching five passes, including a touchdown in the win over Savannah State. Hatten had key touchdown receptions in 2016 wins over Coastal Carolina and Liberty, and continued to earn plenty of playing time last season.
DeTerlizzi hopes both are ready to exhibit greater consistency in 2018.
"I would say both guys do a lot of things well and complement each other well," DeTerlizzi said. "They're kind of two different types of players. Travay excels more with his hand down and as an extension of the offensive line, whereas Qua-Von's more of that off-position flex that can do things at the second and third level. We want both of them to get to the point where they can be on the field regardless of what we're trying to run. That's the goal."
Chiaramonte coming on strong
John Chiaramonte Jr. has benefited from having a year at the position under his belt at the position. The Air Force Academy Prep transfer came to CSU as a defensive player, and saw most of his action last season on special teams. Chiaramonte' s size, speed and improved grasp of the system give him a chance to see more snaps on the offensive side of the ball.
"John's kind of a blend of both Qua and Travay," DeTerlizzi said. "It took him a little longer to settle in because he came in as a defensive player but he just kept working and has shown some really good signs. He possess the ability to do the up-back stuff, the flex stuff and play with his hand down, which makes him versatile."
Player Spotlight – Qua-Von Scott
8 – Deterlizzi enters his eighth season in some capacity with the Bucs' program. The Tampa native played at CSU from 2009-12, was a graduate assistant from 2013-14 and is now entering his second year as a full-time member of the coaching staff.
CSU continues practice today before holding its second and final scrimmage of fall camp Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.