Roundtable: Under-the-radar players
June, 6, 2013
By WeAreSC staff | ESPN Insider
Name two off-the-radar players -- one on offense and one on defense -- who could rise up and play larger-than-expected roles in 2013.
TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick: Sure, the Trojans already have a pretty good pair of co-starters in Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer, who will likely get the bulk of action at tight end. But one thing we saw in spring is that Cope-Fitzpatrick is ready for a bigger role. He has real nice size at 6-foot-5, 245-pounds and showed good hands in extended action when both players ahead of him were slowed with injuries. That will be a key thing to watch in fall in terms of opportunity for Cope-Fitzpatrick. The tight end position is a physical one and there are bound to be times when Grimble or Telfer are banged up and he will get the call. Here’s guessing he is ready to respond.
Kirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsDespite two tight ends ahead of him on the depth chart, this could be a breakout season for Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick.