By Aaron Mansfield
If you hear people talking about Schreck at UB camp, they aren’t referencing the beloved ogre.
No, they’re talking about redshirt freshman tight end Mason Schreck, who made several impressive catches in traffic Monday. The book on Schreck’s career is thus far short: the 6-foot-5, 229-pounder was a high school quarterback and starting center on the basketball team, but he hasn’t seen any college action yet.
“He’s working extremely hard,” said head coach Jeff Quinn. “Mason came out of high school as a quarterback, so he understands offensive football. Now he’s growing into that tight end position and he’s got great ball skills. He judges the ball very well in the air.”
Schreck is still fourth on the depth chart behind first-stringer Jimmy Gordon, Alex Dennison and Matt Weiser, but he’s a formidable fourth option who has shown loads of potential. Quinn predicts his team could go to Schreck at times in the red zone this year to take advantage of his size and leaping ability.
“He’s still young, it’s still early, but I think he’s proven to all his teammates and coaches that he’s somebody who’s really put himself in position to get a chance to get on that field,” Quinn said. “Schreck gives us an added feature. Most people don’t have that ability to have four tight ends. That’s a pretty good group of kids.”
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