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There are actually a couple of tight ends Tennessee football will have to deal with this year. Jahleel Billingsley of the Alabama Crimson Tide is another elite weapon there. However, Alabama obviously has plenty of other reliable weapons in the passing game, which we’ll get to later in this post. That’s not the case for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Last year, Nick Muse finished second on the team in receiving with 30 catches for 425 yards and a touchdown. The leader on the team, Shi Smith, is now gone, as he was taken in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. That means Muse is set to receive more touches.
South Carolina’s new head coach, Shane Beamer, is also clearly focused on incorporating the tight ends more into the passing game. He made that clear when he invited Muse to SEC Media Days. Given his background and how he utilizes the spread, it make sense.
Simply put, Muse is about to become a huge weapon in SEC play. The Vols are expected to beat USC at home, but by the time the two face off in October, that offense for USC could be starting to pick up. As a result, Rocky Top has to be prepared, and part of that preparation is making sure Muse doesn’t go off.