Chris Coyle Revives ASU Tight End Tradition
Published: Friday, September 28, 2012
Updated: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:10
After making a relatively small impact on the past two seasons, Arizona State tight end Chris Coyle has quickly become the go-to guy in Sun Devil offense.
Coyle, a junior, has been the most productive tight end in the country through the first four weeks of the season.
His 22 catches and 301 receiving yards are the most by any at his position in FBS college football.
Prior to former head coach Dennis Erickson’s arrival in Tempe in 2007, ASU had long been considered a hotbed for tight ends. Howver, over the past few years Erickson stopped featuring the position.
With new coach Todd Graham, it seems ASU and Coyle are bringing back the tradition of great tight ends at ASU.
Coyle spoke with the College Times about doing just that and his experience as a Sun Devil.
This season: “It started off real fast. I knew I was going to be a lot bigger part of this offense than I have been in the past couple of years, but it has still be sort of a surprise how many times the ball has come to me and how many times I have been a lead blocker on a play. I feel I like I have been able to step up to the plate and get the job done. I am going to continue to improve throughout the year and just keep getting better.”
Workload: “At first I was getting tired, starting to run more routes and actually being on the field. I knew I was going to have to get myself in real good physical shape and real good mental shape. I am just having a blast out there actually being able to contribute to the team and contribute to the win. I am having a great time.”
Goals:“Try to break some of the records set by Zach Miller and Todd Heap. Also, I am always trying to aim to get to that All Pac 12 team. I am just going to focus on getting better every day and eventually meeting that goal.”
Tight End U: “I came in with that mindset to bring the tight end back to ASU. I was really happy to be considered side by side with [Miller and Heap]. They are great athletes and were great players for ASU. Hopefully, I am able to make a name for myself and bring that tight end tradition back to ASU.”
On the side:“I go hunting sometimes, camping, out on a boat somewhere on a lake. [ASU quarterback] Michael Bercovici and I are helping out coaching a sorority team right now – Alpha Phi. So we are out there helping them in their intramural flag football, just keeping our heads in the game.”
Life after football: “Hopefully, I get in to business after football. It will be sort of my second option if I am not able to make it to the NFL or however that works out. Even if I do make it to the NFL, after that I still want to get into business. Hopefully, management and work from there.”
Being a Sun Devil: “It’s great. The fans are great, the school is great and being out here in Arizona is just awesome because the weather is always sunny and warm. Everything about the school is awesome.”