Texas tight end Jared Wiley (18) makes a catch during the Orange and White Game at Royal Memorial Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Austin. [Rodolfo Gonzalez for AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas sophomore Jared Wiley’s roles in 2020 to include catching, blocking and maybe kicking

Posted August 30th, 2020

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This season, sophomore Jared Wiley will likely see his name twice on Texas’ depth chart.

Wiley’s appearance among the tight ends is expected. Wiley played that position as a true freshman, and he will battle senior Cade Brewer, redshirt freshman Brayden Liebrock and converted receiver Malcolm Epps for playing time in 2020. Wiley started twice and made a 15-yard catch last season.

Longhorn fans, though, may be a little surprised to learn that Wiley is also currently serving as UT’s backup kicker.

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Texas junior Cameron Dicker (17) has made 32 field goals during his UT career. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]
Tom Herman briefly mentioned Wiley’s standing among his kickers during a media availability on Sunday. Texas has an established starter in junior Cameron Dicker, who boasts a 57-yard field goal and a game-winner against Oklahoma on his resume. But if something were to happen to Dicker the Kicker, Texas would apparently turn to Wiley instead of the walk-on legs belonging to Zach Lindner, Erwin Von Nacher and Logan Smith.

Don’t let Wiley’s 6-7, 254-pound frame fool you. During his senior year at Temple High, Wiley was 34-for-38 on extra-point attempts. He also didn’t miss a field goal. The longest of Wiley’s five field goals was from 32 yards out.

Once rated as a three-star recruit, Wiley earned all-district honors at three different positions in high school. He was lauded as District 18-5A’s top punter in 2016. The following year, he was an all-district tight end. After he took over as Temple’s quarterback during his senior year, Wiley split District 12-6A’s Offensive MVP award.

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