Ga­tors’ tight ends look to pitch in

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GAINESVILLE — UF TE DeAn­dre Goolsby fin­ished last sea­son with a flour­ish and was poised for a big se­nior year.

In­stead, Goolsby sat out the Ga­tors’ first game with a leg in­jury and since has just three catches. This af­ter to­tal­ing nine catches for 118 yards and two touch­downs dur­ing the fi­nal two games of 2016.

But Goolsby is not strug­gling alone. The Ga­tors’ three tight ends have com­bined for just 10 catches for 119 yards en­ter­ing Satur­day’s visit from Texas A&M.

UF (3-2, 3-1) is among four SEC teams with­out a touch­down from a tight end. There are a few rea­sons, coach Jim McEl­wain said. Dur­ing last week­end’s loss to LSU, the Ga­tors held back tight ends to help pro­tect QB Feleipe Franks, who was sacked five times. Franks also has strug­gled to sur­vey the en­tire field.

Some of the blame also falls Lewis and Moral Stephens.

“They've got to go get open,” McEl­wain said. “That's a big piece of it."

UF ath­let­ics di­rec­tor emer­i­tus Jeremy Fo­ley is among 14 mem­bers of the new NCAA Com­mis­sion on Col­lege Bas­ket­ball. The group will seek re­form fol­low­ing the FBI probe into bas­ket­ball re­cruit­ing prac­tices.

For­mer U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Con­doleezza Rice will chair the com­mit­tee, which also in­cludes for­mer col­lege and NBA stars David Robin­son and Grant Hill.

Next game: UF vs. Texas A&M, Satur­day, 7 p.m, ESPN2

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