The fourth edition of the “Incoming Recruits Breakdown Series” shines the spotlight on Louisiana state champion and now-Miami Hurricane Standish Dobard.
Dobard’s Edna Karr High School team finished 15-0 last season defeating Neville HS 29-22 en route to the 4A state title. He caught six passes for 61 yards in the championship victory and finished the season with 53 receptions for 723 yards and four touchdowns.
Dobard told CaneInsider’s Daniel Tummeley that “ was the most exciting season for me, trying to beat double teams, I got doubled a couple games, a couple of times I had three people on me, and I still found ways to beat them… It was a learning experience to try and beat double teams, it prepared me for college.”
Listed at 6’4″ and 255 pounds, Dobard is the perfect average size of a tight end on the ‘Canes roster. Every Miami TE is between 6’4″-6’6″ and 250-265 pounds according to the official roster on hurricanesports.com.
Anyway, Dobard enrolled at the University of Miami in January and was a full participant in offseason activities and spring practices. He was not listed on the post-spring practice depth chart, but Dobard is not far behind his counterparts.
Although Asante Cleveland, Clive Walford and Beau Sandland currently sit above Dobard, the senior Cleveland has a history of offensive insignificance during the regular season.
Since he will not immediately be facing double- and triple-teams at the collegiate level, Dobard will remain a legitimate threat in the passing game.
In addition to getting an average jump off the line of scrimmage from a three-point stance, Dobard shows versatility as he can be split out as a wide receiver. Edna Karr’s offense utilized bubble screens to Dobard since his 4.6 40-speed was enough to outrun defenders.
Dobard does, however, have a tendency to allow passes to come into his body instead of reaching out to catch the ball. Defenders at the collegiate level are constantly lunging to disrupt passing lanes, and every inch closer Dobard gets his hands to the ball will be crucial from a production standpoint.
After the catch, however, Dobard has above-average vision for a tight end. He won’t necessarily make an ankle-breaking move, but he is shifty enough to make a man or two miss before powering through the final defender.
When run-blocking, Dobard gets leverage on his opponent and drives his surprisingly quick feet, but sometimes he stays upright for too long instead of finishing the block. With his plus-vision, Dobard does look downfield for the next man to deter and takes a strong angle to block said defender.
Dobard gets a decent initial push to get in blocking position, but that is something he definitely needs to be improve as he gains experience against bigger and faster defenders.
Barring an unforeseen redshirt in 2013, Dobard will see the majority of his playing time on special teams.
But if Asante Cleveland fades during the regular season once again, Dobard could step into that role as the third tight end for the ‘Canes.
Dobard will not be necessarily be a huge impact player as a freshman, but he can still make plenty of contributions to Al Golden’s “Process” whenever he, Dobard, steps onto the field.
Note: Featured image courtesy of highschoolsports.nola.com.
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