Ferrigno sizes up tight end position (Video)

Ferrigno sizes up tight end position (Video)

GBW pulled aside Michigan tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno at the Wolverines media day Sunday. Ferrigno talks about senior Brandon Moore's development, the TE depth, and what he's seen out of the two freshmen. **Video**

After the departure of Kevin Koger, Michigan is left with several question marks at the tight end position heading into the season opener against Alabama. Part of the answer could from senior Brandon Moore who's looking to cap off a career with a productive 2012 season.

"He is improved," said Ferrigno told GoBlueWolverine of Moore. "From the spring time he got better, and he's gotten better now in the fall, so I just hope he continues to take those steps and contribute the way we need him to."

Moore's development will be crucial to the Wolverines success offensively this year, with limited depth behind him. For that to happen, Moore must improve his ability to block at the point of attack.

"He's getting there," said Ferrigno of Moore's physicality. "It's got to be more consistent, but there's more physical play than before; so that's a good thing."

Coming out of Trotwood Madison high school in Ohio, Moore was a tall, pass catching target, specifically in the red zone, that appeared destined to contribute. While his time on the field has been limited thus far, that skill hasn't gone away, and the Wolverines intend to utilize him this season.

"He'll be a factor if he's playing tight end for us and he's the starting tight end—he'll be a factor in the passing game," said Ferrigno. "Kevin had, I think, four or five touchdowns last year, and twenty catches; so that's kind of where those guys catch some balls, down in there. Brandon's definitely a big target and he goes up well for the ball, and he's getting more consistent."

Some talented freshmen tight ends are also hoping to see the field, Farmington Hills Harrison's Devin Funchess and Cincinnati Sycamore's A.J. Williams, though they have missed significant time throughout camp while they work to finish summer classes. Ferrigno, in limited appearances, likes what he sees to this point.

"What I've seen I liked," said Ferrigno of Funchess. "He's going to be a real good player someday. Just a lot to learn and he's missed a lot of practice, so I can't really say. But when I have seen him move around I like what I see."

"Same thing (with A.J. Williams)," he continued. "We haven't had him very much, so until we can get him out there day in and day out, which will happen here pretty soon, I'll be able to make a better assessment of both of their abilities."

"But I'm not disappointed with what I've seen so far."

To watch the full video interview with Ferrigno, click play below.

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