Beau Sandland: Senior, Height: 6'6" Weight: 255
This 2012 JUCO signee came to Miami as a 4-star prospect and ranked among the best junior college tight ends in the nation. During the 2013 season, Beau Sandland saw action in all 13 games, albeit in garbage time situations, finishing with nine catches for 94 yards and one touchdown. Entering his final year on campus, Beau figures to be the number two tight end behind Clive Walford, while still carrying every bit of potential.
Taming the beast
Appearing sparingly last season or not, Beau Sandland's abilities are well known. Sandland's junior college feats immediately sparked intrigue surrounding his development.
Now is the time your fantasies of a Beau Sandland meet reality.
Sweat begins to secrete. "Quick! Lock the door!"
Sandland's capabilities give him an opportunity to distinguish himself in the passing game. Standing at 6'6" and weighing 255, Beau's a large target that operates with great agility. Beau can run vertical routes with efficiency, separate well in coverage, and is physical after the catch. While displaying reliable hands and a good effort extending to meet the ball as well. The talent is there for Beau Sandland receiving, it's how Sandland handles blocking in the run that'll figure into the amount of his use. And with a year under his belt to learn the playbook and necessary calls, Beau's blocking ability should be above par.
He brings to Miami a physical presence after the catch that hasn't been much of a threat in recent years. More Beau Sandland can only mean good things. The fantasies that tantalize your imagination are not far from reality. The countless playmakers Miami lists at WR and TE may hinder his playing time, but Sandland has the potential to be as effective as anybody in the passing game.
Additional notes on Beau Sandland will be featured in State of the U's preview of the tight ends tomorrow morning.