BY JEREMY HOECK
Aaron Ramsey is trying to follow in the footsteps of a number of Coyote quarterbacks to find success at another position.
That recent list includes Tyler Wilhelm, who caught 22 passes last season as a tight end, as well as receivers Nick Meyer and Josh Vander Maten. Last season, Meyer caught 23 passes with one touchdown, while Vander Maten hauled in 19 passes with two scores.
Now comes Ramsey at the tight end position.
The 6-foot-3 redshirt freshman from Stillwell, Kansas, did not play last season, but put on 15 pounds in the off-season to make the move to tight end where he figures to see action this fall.
“Getting on the field is what I wanted. I wanted to play quarterback; that’s why I came out here, but now they’re giving me a chance to play quarterback,” Ramsey said after Wednesday’s practice.
“Whatever I have to do to help the team.”
Ramsey, now listed at 231 pounds, is the second tight end behind junior starter Kayl Barkley, but head coach Joe Glenn said Ramsey is “certainly a guy that can stretch the field down the middle.”
Even with the extra weight, Ramsey said he is confident he can maintain the speed that made him a Division I quarterback recruit.
“I was pretty light before, so I had the legs, but the weights definitely changed it a little bit,” he said. “I have to make sure to keep that speed up.”
There could very well be times this season that USD has three current or former quarterbacks on the field at the same time, with Earl, Vander Maten/Meyer and Ramsey. That would give those two pass catchers an advantage against a defense, Ramsey said.
“That’s an extra element we have, we know the basics of being a quarterback,” he said. “We know what Kevin (Earl) is thinking, where he’ll be looking and some of the things we can do to make his job easier.”
Almost like a sixth sense, right?
“You definitely have a feel for what they’re thinking,” Ramsey said with a smile.
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