Buried on the depth chart at defensive end, the Texas Longhorns have moved senior Quincy Vasser over to the offensive side of the ball, where he will play tight end, a move confirmed by the school via the official roster.
The 6’4, 239-pounder transferred from Navarro College as part of the 2015 recruiting class, but struggled to find playing time last fall, appearing in eight games and collecting seven tackles.
During the spring, Vasser missed time with a knee injury before recovering to flash in the Orange-White game with five tackles, two tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery.
However, increased depth at the Fox end position provided by the presence of freshman Malcolm Roach and the move of sophomore Breckyn Hager from linebacker made Vasser expendable at the position.
Since the Longhorns were unable to land a second tight end in the 2016 class when the Crimson Tide surged late with Peyton Aucoin’s high school teammate Irvin Smith, the tight end position has lacked depth after Blake Whiteley was forced to take a medical scholarship due to injuries.
The hope is that Vasser can acclimate quickly to the position to provide a presence as a blocker so that Aucoin can redshirt and continue to develop.
A similar moved worked out well for the Longhorns last season, as Caleb Bluiett transitioned from defensive end to tight end during fall camp and emerged as a starter and a difference-maker as a blocker, and occasionally in the passing game, as he averaged 20.9 yards per catch.
Vasser is also wearing a new number at his new position, switching from 92 to 44.