No. 1 JUCO TE signs with Arkansas on Wednesday
The Arkansas Razorbacks added a potentially big-time piece to its offense on Wednesday — as it announced the signing of Arizona Western College tight end Jeremy Patton:
A huge #WoooPig welcome to @JeremyPatton_11 ! Great addition to our Razorback family! pic.twitter.com/SGIfKQqSQV
— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) December 14, 2016
A 4-star prospect, Patton is regarded as the No. 1 JUCO tight end in the country. He’s also ranked as the No. 11 junior college prospect in the country.
Starting tight end Jeremy Sprinkle will be graduating after this season. He accrued 33 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns on the year. Head coach Bret Bielema loves to use his tight ends — as evidenced by his work with former Arkansas pass-catcher Hunter Henry.
It's finally official ! Proud to be a Razorback ? This Journey isn't over ‼️ @BarryLunneyJr @BretBielema pic.twitter.com/Na9wfrPvjK
— .JERM. (@JeremyPatton_11) December 14, 2016
Play-action is a bit part of Arkansas’ offense. Tight ends are not only expected to block during the run-heavy sets, but they’re also utilized downfield on crossing routes. At 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, Patton provides QB Austin Allen with a huge target to throw to.