Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies tight end Kalvin Cline (93) makes a catch and gets away from UCLA Bruins safety Randall Goforth (3) during the first quarter in the 2013 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies are preparing to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and one player they hope can play in that game is tight end Ryan Malleck. However, Malleck seems likely to be out this week as the Hokies have listed him on their injury report as doubtful to play.
Despite this loss, the Hokies do have some good news at the tight end position.
Kalvin Cline is healthy and he will make his 2014 season debut this Saturday against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Cline is currently third on the depth chart at tight end behind Malleck and Bucky Hodges in what has to be the most talented group of tight ends that Frank Beamer has ever had in Blacksburg.
Cline is going to get a decent amount of playing time though that could depend largely on the status of Ryan Malleck. If Malleck is able to play, expect Cline to get a lot less reps than if the expected happens and Malleck is unable to play.
Exepectations should not be too high for Cline in his return largely due to the fact that he hasn’t had much time to work with QB Michael Brewer. Brewer has had some timing issues with receivers and there could be some with Cline this week depending on the type of pass.
However, Kalvin Cline is a tough, athletic player who can do a lot of damage all over the field and gives the Hokies three talented tight ends. Scot Loeffler will definitely be interested to see how well Cline plays this week as he tries to figure out what type of role to use Cline in.
The use of Bucky Hodges on the outside some could allow for the Hokies to use three tight ends on some plays with Cline and Malleck either in the slot or in a traditional tight end spot and Hodges on the outside.
It is great to see that Kalvin Cline is once again healthy and ready to make some plays for the Hokies.