Sweeney enjoyed a record-setting career under center for TTU and is a member of Coach Watson Browns coaching staff.I saw this big, muscular guy and at first I didnt know who it was, Sweeney said, he had changed so much since high school. But he sure looked like a tight end.It didnt take much convincing to get him to come out for football.Teeter joined the program in time for spring practice in 2012 and managed to earn a varsity letter that fall -- playing mostly on special teams.The transition from being a regular student to a student-athlete took some adjustments -- time management mainly, Teeter said.But once I got back into football, its been great.A workout warrior, Teeter was named TTUs most improved player coming into the start of fall camp last week and has earned the starting job as the Golden Eagle tight end.He made an acrobatic catch in spring practice coming across the middle, and just outran everyone to the endzone, said veteran head coach Watson Brown.He has everyones attention after that. Give Coach Sweeney the credit -- he kept telling me there was a guy on campus who could help us. Lo and behold he was a good-looking kid when he walked in the door, but not like he looks now. I think hes got great potential. Kids mature at different times. Youre looking at a guy who was a wide receiver in high school who right now goes at 6-6, 260-pounds -- and he still moves around like a wide receiver -- great hands and ball skills.You would be surprised to see him move around. We may just have fell into one here.Coach Brown went on to say that if Teeter continues to progress, he might become a target for the offense.We need him to catch between 20 and 40 balls this fall, we really do. We use a tight end in our offense about 60 percent of the time and were designing to throw the ball to the tight end a lot more than we have in recent years, no doubt about it.I think before he leaves here, maybe before the season is over, you could see him split out in the slot and doing different things with him.Parker can run some crossing routes, get into the middle of the field and be a big target. He can run some option routes where he can use that frame to get himself open by pushing off a linebacker.This is the first time in a long time that we can go back and design some things specifically for the tight end. For the first time since Ive been here, we have a chance to be really good at tight end.
Four more locals in campFour other former Wilson County prep standouts began fall camp last week with the Golden Eagles, including:Brett Dillard, a soph out of Mt. Juliet, who is projected to start at offensive tackle; redshirt freshman defensive tackle Kyron Hart from Lebanon High, who will be in the rotation at defensive tackle; true freshman linebacker Josh Belhu from Mt. Juliet and true freshman offensive lineman from Friendship Christian Ian Isbell.Tennessee Tech will open the 2013 season at home Thursday, Aug. 29 as Lebanons Cumberland University comes to town.
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