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Sunday, July 17, 2011

KU tight-end combo: Mundine will add excitement to Biere’s consistency

Kansas tight end Tim Biere (86) during football practice Monday, April 25, 2011 at the  practice field.

Kansas tight end Tim Biere (86) during football practice Monday, April 25, 2011 at the practice field.

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For two straight springs, there has been one guy on the Kansas University football team whose name would pop up just about every time KU coach Turner Gill was asked by the media which players stood out to him the most.

That player is senior tight end Tim Biere.

Athletic, experienced, intelligent and talented, Biere has been a solid contributor for the Jayhawks in the passing game during the past couple of seasons.

Last year, he led KU in touchdown receptions, with four, and also was fourth on the team with 228 yards and tied for third with 19 catches.

It wasn’t necessarily his production that made Biere’s name pop to the top of Gill’s list. It was more because of his all-around effort and the way he went about his business.

“Tim Biere has stood out from a consistency standpoint,” Gill said after one spring practice. “He has a good time blocking and catching the football. He is playing with a passion, and that is really what I like to see.”

That should not come as much of a surprise since that’s exactly what Biere is looking to contribute during his final season with the team.

“I just hope to provide some leadership and have a strong year,” he said. “I’ve been here for a while, so, going into my last season, I should know what’s going to go on out there and be really comfortable. I want to have a strong senior season.”

One thing that could make that a likely scenario is the presence of red-shirt freshman Jimmay Mundine, a player who stood out last season on the scout team and has coaches buzzing about his impact this fall.

Mundine’s potential to make big plays should allow Biere to concentrate more on moving the chains and blocking, and, together, the two should provide KU with a nice combination at one of football’s most overlooked positions.

“Jimmay brings some athleticism and a little bit of excitement to the position,” Biere said. “He’ll catch the ball, and you’ll wonder what he’s doing out there, and then he’ll make great plays and shake everyone and score touchdowns.”

It’s that kind of potential that led to Mundine landing at the top of the Journal-World and KUSports.com’s rankings of the team’s tight ends, the fifth in a summer position series that examines each group.

Here’s a look at the individual breakdown:

Matt Tait’s list

  1. Jimmay Mundine: There’s a reason Gill talked about this guy a lot in the offseason. He’s incredibly talented. At one point, coaches were brainstorming guaranteed ways to get the ball into his hands.

  2. Tim Biere: Rock solid and loaded with experience. A guy every team could use.

  3. Ted McNulty: Has been one of the hardest workers on the team this summer. With a coach like Gill, that usually leads to playing time.

  4. AJ Steward: Seems solid in running formations but probably won’t contribute much to the passing game.

  5. Trent Smiley: Highly touted out of high school, red-shirt freshman will have a shot at regular playing time.

Tom Keegan’s list

  1. Jimmay Mundine: Has chance to become biggest play-maker in the program.

  2. Tim Biere: Does it all well.

  3. Ted McNulty: Embraces dirty work.

  4. Trent Smiley: Always keep an eye on athletes who earn scout, er, compete team player-of-the-week honors.

  5. AJ Steward: Here’s a plus; he’s an emergency quarterback.

Jesse Newell’s list

  1. Tim Biere: KU needs more out of him this season, but clearly he’s the best of the bunch.

  2. Jimmay Mundine: Has a thick body and made good catches in traffic during spring game, but tape shows his blocking could still improve.

  3. AJ Steward: Former QB never has seemed to get comfortable at WR/TE. Wondering if he’ll be used creatively in Wildcat formations.

  4. Ted McNulty: Had one catch in 2010 and one catch in the spring game.

  5. Trent Smiley: With three seniors ahead of him, red-shirt freshman should be eyeing plenty of playing time in 2012.

Journal-World Consensus Top 5 Tight Ends

Five points awarded for first, four points for second, three points for third, two points for fourth and one point for fifth.

  1. Jimmay Mundine (14)

  2. Tim Biere (13)

  3. Ted McNulty (8)

  4. AJ Steward (6)

  5. Trent Smiley (4)

Comments

ahpersecoachlngexperience 3 years, 5 months ago

We shall be tight at tight end. Saw Gill over the fence at practice the other day....I must confess he looks like knows what he's doing barking orders. The players look enthused.

ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 5 months ago

It appears we have an imposter on these boards. My copyright attorneys will be contacting you soon. As for now, I might need to do a little avatar change. Maybe a picture of a whale?!?!?

ahpersecoachlngexperience 3 years, 5 months ago

Ashamedly....I guess unlike most of us. Gill's been there before. 3 National championships at Nebraska. Maybe it's this cheap cough medicine talking but I think I see how recruits hop on his bandwagon without a second thought after he unhitched the horses....He's a 3 time defending champion of the world who likes to yell at practice.

hawk316 3 years, 5 months ago

Wow! I like what I'm reading from ahperse... Positive, sensible, factual, sound...keep it up, man! Or if necessary, stay on the cough medicine...

ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 5 months ago

Oh and 4 td's with 20 catches and 200 yards is a couple of games for most teams leading receiver. Not the entire year!!!

ahpersecoachlngexperience 3 years, 5 months ago

I can't believe I trusted her with the teaspoon for the 2nd night in a row. Lesson learned....whether or not teaspoons and tablespoons are similar never let your math deprived girlfriend dose your cough medicine.

Funhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Matt Tait delivers the goods! Keep those football stories comin'!

Clarence Haynes 3 years, 5 months ago

I was watching the CFL game between the Edmonton Eskimos and the BC Lions, with Marcus Henry playing wide receiver for Edmonton. He had 6 or 7 receptions and played a key role in the Eskimos 33-17 victory over the Lions.

Kenny Terry 3 years, 5 months ago

Tim and Jimmy will be a good combination of skills for us at the tight end spot. I just hope they excel at blocking for us in the running game as well

milehighhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

LOVE the ahperse imposter.

"Gold, Jerry - GOLD!"

Ben Kane 3 years, 5 months ago

Can you please stop listing the Biere stat about leading the team with 4 td's... it's just a depressing stat.

kureignman 3 years, 5 months ago

After having an absolute nightmare of a first game last season, Biere showed tremendous character in bouncing back and having a good season. I'm thrilled to have 2 solid TEs because I have a feeling they will be called upon to step up more often than we'd like.

vd 3 years, 5 months ago

Matt are you going to do a series on Special teams? When I see TE and LB, I always wonder how these will contribute on converage teams.

Phoggin_Loud 3 years, 5 months ago

Great job as always, Matt. I enjoy the position-by-position breakdown.

I am glad that there is experience & athleticism at TE, but we need the WR's & RB's to step up and produce. Here's to the Biere tripling his TD's from last year and falling to 7th on the team TD list!!

Let's score some points this year, 'Hawks!

smartjayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

How do you all feel about Brandon Bourbon? If he heals up good by pre-season practice like he is expected to, is he going to see any starts at running back? It seems like he is not being taken very seriously. Will he end up doing only KR and PR?

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