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ASU Football Positional Preview: Tight ends

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Without Kody Kohl, a set of new faces look to shine.

NCAA Football: Arizona State at Washington Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona State Sun Devils return a tight end unit with loads of talent, but little to no experience. With Kody Kohl leading the pack last season, the Sun Devils embody just one tight end who gained any yardage in 2016 — junior Jay Jay Wilson. Junior College transfer Ceejhay French-Love and redshirt sophomore Tommy Hudson provide some depth, but most likely, the tight ends unit will bring an element of surprise to ASU.

Junior Jay Jay Wilson — In nine games last season, Wilson received four passes for 83 yards and three touchdowns. At 6-foot-2, 247 pounds, Wilson used his big target to be an effective weapon in the end zone. His three scores placed him second on the team in receiving touchdowns behind sophomore wide receiver N’Keal Harry who notched five. More than just a tight end, Wilson was one of seven Sun Devils to return a kick off and managed two defensive tackles last season.

Redshirt Sophomore Tommy Hudson — While it’s clear Wilson returns the most experience to the tight ends unit, Hudson may be the closest to snatching his job. Hudson has seen bunches of first-team reps over Wilson and even did so on the first day of fall camp. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound San Jose, California native saw action against Texas Tech last season, and was ranked as the No. 18 best tight end in the nation in the class of 2015 in the nation by ESPN.

Junior Ceejhay French-Love — It has been a three stop shop for French-Love, as he began his college career at Colorado Mesa before he transferred to East Los Angeles Community College and then took his talents to Arizona State. Standing at 6-foot-4, 246 pounds, Frech-Love handled 25 receptions for 403 yards in his sophomore season at ELAC.

Freshman Mark Walton — As the only true freshman tight end on Arizona State’s roster, Walton has seen plenty of second-team reps and is in the hunt to see the field this season.

Redshirt freshman Jared Bubak — At 6-foot-5, 242, Bubak ranked as the No. 10 tight end recruit in the nation by ESPN in the class of 2016. Bubak took a redshirt last season.

Redshirt senior Frank Ogas — In four seasons with the Sun Devils thus far, Ogas has spent each of them with the scout team.