2022 Roster Management Outlook: Tight Ends 

If you asked which position the Clemson program has failed to get the production they’ve wanted out of most, many would answer resoundingly, the tight ends.

The Tigers haven’t had what would be considered a big time tight end since Jordan Leggett left following the 2016 season. It’s a position the program is still trying to gain some traction in when it comes to recruiting.

This season saw the tight ends used less than expected coming into the season due to different reasons. There were injuries, issues on the offensive line, and poor play at times, that included some untimely drops early in the season.

One of the players that many expected to help out, especially in the passing game, was Braden Galloway. That has not been the case. Galloway will not return in 2022.

Another disappointment has been four-star player Jaelyn Lay. The coaching staff had hopes that he could make an impact. He had shown promise at times but also has already advised the coaches that he will not be returning.

There are things to look forward to, however, as freshman Jake Briningstool really started to show flashes of why some thought he was the best pass-catching tight end in the 2021 recruiting class.

2022 Tight Ends

Davis Allen: He will begin 2022 as the elder of this group, and over his career, the most consistent over the last three seasons. Allen really started to come into his own over the second half of the season, playing the role of safety valve for quarterback DJ Uiagalelei at times. He will now be the leader of this group going forward.

Sage Ennis: This is a player that signed with Clemson in 2020 and has contributed on special teams. He got his first career catch against Boston College for an eight yard gain and made his first career start when the Tigers employed a two tight end set against Florida State. Many would think that he will be expected to be more involved next season with the departures they will have, but Ennis is always going to be more of a blocker than a downfield threat.

Jake Briningstool: This freshman did not get on the field that much for most of the season. The original plan was to redshirt the tight end but injuries forced the staff into burning that. Having a year in the system will only make him that much more of a threat in 2022, as tight end is one of the more difficult positions to learn in the Clemson offense.

2022 Commit: In-state legacy recruit Josh Sapp will join the program for 2022. While Sapp isn’t one of the more highly rated tight ends, he had a very strong senior season, and is probably a little underrated. Having Ennis and Briningstool also gives the staff some flexibility when it comes to how quickly they bring him along.

Roster Management: Most seasons the Tigers carry five tight ends. However, heading into next season with just four isn’t that big of a concern. If the Tigers can stay healthy at the position, they should be just fine.

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