Well we knew that someone was likely changing positions this spring to shore up the extremely thin defensive end position, and it looks like the first move has been made: tight end Trey Dunkelberger, a junior college transfer who’s wrapping up his first full season at Syracuse, announced on Twitter that he’ll be transitioning to DE.
Making the move to defensive end 🍊🏈 #LetsRide
— Trey Dunkelberger (@T91D_) February 18, 2016
At 6-foot-5 and 238 pounds, Dunkelberger has great size for the position and with his speed and quickness as a receiver, he actually makes for a pretty natural and, frankly, brilliant player to move to become an edge rusher. Dunkelberger didn’t see the field much last season as a tight end, as he battled injury, but if he’s able to master the position of defensive end quickly he could become a key contributor on the 2-deep this fall.
Chances are this is just the first of several position changes we’ll be hearing about in the next couple of weeks as the Orange open up spring camp under new head coach Dino Babers. I think this is a potentially excellent personnel move, and it enables Trey to load up on plenty of Dunkel Burgers at the tailgates this year (pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, and barbecue sauce – and yes, this recipe came from Trey himself last year) to get up into the 250-260 range to get some beef on an already strong, athletic frame.