UT Head Coach Tom Herman watches his players at practice at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday March 25, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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In search of a tight end, Texas lands Syracuse transfer Kendall Moore

Posted April 2nd, 2017

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Former Syracuse tight end Kendall Moore announced on Sunday that he is transferring to Texas.

Moore was an Orange from 2013-16, but he received a medical redshirt after missing most of the 2015 season. The 6-foot-5-inch, 245-pound Moore appeared in 37 games at Syracuse, and he turned 15 catches into 150 yards. One of his two touchdowns was the game-winning score in Syracuse’s 2014 overtime win over Villanova.

As a graduate transfer, Moore will be eligible to play in 2017.

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The addition of Moore supplies some much-needed depth for Texas, which went into spring drills with plenty of questions at the tight end position. Rising senior Andrew Beck has been slowed by a foot injury this spring, and neither Peyton Aucoin nor Garrett Gray have caught a pass in their collegiate careers.

Texas signed prep prospects Reese Leitao and Cade Brewer in February, but Leitao’s future is in jeopardy following his arrest for the possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. Texas coach Tom Herman said in March he had told Leitao, who recently pleaded not guilty in a Tulsa County Courtroom, that a resolution to those legal problems needed to be made by the summer.

Unlike in years past, tight ends are expected to play a prominent role in Herman’s offense. In February, Texas tight ends coach Corby Meekins explained that “Our tight ends have to be able to line up around the box and do everything they did last year, but they also have to be able to go line up and be the No. 1, No.2 or No. 3 receiver in a detached formation.”

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