Post Spring Breakdown: TEs

Eric Mensik is currently first on the depth chart.

Previously, Sooners Illustrated provided the breakdowns of the quarterback, running back, fullback and wide receiver positions, and now it's time for a look at a position that was devastated by injury last year, the tight ends.

When Jermaine Gresham suffered his season-ending injury prior to the start of the season in 2009, the Sooners were virtually at a loss at the tight end spot, and this time around they hope it will be different.

Tight ends:

Starter on depth chart—Eric MensikListed at 6-foot-6, 265 lb., Mensik is the biggest option OU has at the tight end position. But he didn't do a whole lot in the way of production last year, catching only two passes for 14 yards. OU head coach Bob Stoops did, however, comment on the fact that Mensik showed significant progress at the end of last year given his increased playing time with the circumstances because of all the injuries. Mensik is in a position to have a much bigger impact in 2010.

Backup on depth chart—Trent RatterreeRatterree, who is the smallest of the three major options at 6-foot-3, 225 lb., was the one guy that noticeably marginally contributed in 2009. He caught just less than one pass per game, snagging 11 receptions for 152 yards during the year. Still, the Sooners are hoping for more than that in the minutes Ratterree plays.

Another notable—James HannaHe wasn't included on the spring depth chart, but Hanna has the skills to bust into some playing time. Last year, he had six catches for 48 yards, so the production wasn't exactly anywhere to be found. Nevertheless, he's still a receiving type tight end and has been improving his blocking as well.

With all this said, the Sooners need one to emerge as a reliable target, and they are working on that.

Status:

1. In great shape

2. Probably in good shape

3. Questionable

4. Not in good shape at all

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