TIGHT END

Returning players: Broc Lane, Will Monney, Josh Sterzer, Chase Tuatagaloa

2023 players not returning: Isaiah Alonzo (medical retirement), Parker Buchanan (medical retirement)

2024 post-spring ball attrition: None

2023 total production lost: None

2023 total production returning: 24 receptions, 222 yards, 1 touchdown

2023 total production transferring in (transfer portal/junior college): None

New Faces in 2024:

Grayson Brousseau 6’6″ 220 (247 3*) – Lehi HS, UT
2023 (Sr.) Stats: 46 receptions 612 yards 8 TDs
2022 (Jr.) Stats: 27 receptions 325 yards 1 TDs
2021 (So.) Stats: 19 receptions 214 yards 2 TDs; 14 tackles
Offers from: Air Force, byu, Colorado St, Idaho, Navy, UNLV, Yale
Primary Recruiter: DJ Tialavea
https://247sports.com/player/grayson-brousseau-46136310/
https://www.hudl.com/profile/14908528/grayson-brousseau

Jacob Regen 6’2″ 220 (NR) – Green Canyon HS, UT – (Preferred Walk-on)
2020 (Sr.) Stats: 45 receptions 687 yards 7 TDs
2019 (Jr.) Stats: 29 receptions 373 yards 6 TDs
2018 (So.) Stats: 42 tackles 4.0 tackles-for-loss 2.0 sacks 23 QB hurries 3 pass breakups 1 blocked kicks in
Offers from: None
Primary recruiter: DJ Tialavea
https://www.maxpreps.com/ut/north-logan/green-canyon-wolves/athletes/jacob-regen/media/videos/?careerid=tsr6aqijtvqp9

Noah Wright 6’4″ 220 (NR) – Woods Cross HS, UT – (Preferred Walk-on)
2023 (Sr.) Stats: 12 receptions 92 yards
Offers from: None
Primary recruiter: DJ Tialavea
https://www.hudl.com/profile/9317845/Noah-Wright

2024 OUTLOOK

BROC LANE
Senior Broc Lane will enter the 2024 season at the top of the depth chart at this position. He has one extra year of COVID eligibility remaining. Last season, he started in 10 of 11 games pulling in 21 receptions for 208 yards and a touchdown. For his effort, he earned an All-Mountain West Conference Honorable Mention nod. During his 4-year career at Utah State, he has started in 10 of 26 games and caught 29 passes for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns.

According to 247sports coming out of Perry High (AZ), Lane was rated as the 2,154th-best player nationally, the 106th-best tight end, and the 58th-best prospect overall in Arizona. He chose the Aggies over offers from Air Force, Arkansas St, Army, boise state, Bucknell, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Illinois, Georgetown, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Pennsylvania, Southern Utah, Utah Tech, and Weber State.

After only playing tight end as a senior in high school, Lane has finally settled comfortably into the position. He is quick and has nice footwork while running routes, making it easy for him to gain separation. He excels in the middle of the field, whether piling up yards after a short catch or running down the seam for a big play. He is constantly looking for the ball and displays great hands. Lane has all the skill and talent to help the Aggies from the tight end spot. Is 2024 going to be the year that he entirely escapes the injury bug and shows Aggie Nation what he can do.

JOSH STERZER
Graduate senior Josh Sterzer will be battling for second-team reps. Sterzer struggled with an injured knee in 2023, limiting him to only 5 games with 2 receptions for 11 yards. During his 4-year career at Utah State, he has started in 13 of 31 games and caught 17 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown.

According to 247sports coming out of Taylorsville High (UT), Sterzer was initially recruited by the Aggies as a defensive end and was rated as the 4,009th-best player nationally, the 152nd-best defensive end, and the 57th-best prospect overall in Utah. The Aggies were his first offer and he accepted soon after being offered.

Sterzer runs crisp routes in the short passing game and he could easily become an option as a safety valve. He can turn to get out and run when he gets in the open field and he can be a physical blocker on the line with running plays. He has sure hands and could become a valuable target in the red zone. Sterzer is the crafty veteran of the group and his reliability is what will always give him the opportunity to see the field often. He is the clear-cut number two man on the depth chart.

WILL MONNEY
Sophomore Will Monney will likely battle for second-team reps. Last season was his first season in an Aggie uniform and he played in 12 games with 1 start, snagging one pass for 3 yards.

According to 247sports coming out of Springville High (UT), Monney was rated as the 2,272nd-best player nationally, the 91st-best tight end, and the 25th-best prospect overall in Utah. He chose the Aggies over an offer from Idaho.

Monney has long strides that help him get downfield in a hurry. He has a large catch radius that makes him an ideal target in the endzone. He has deceptive speed and can slip by opposing defenses. He has shown he can provide value in the running game by delivering big blocks. He can line up in the flat, the slot, or along the line, and that makes him a threat to catch the ball all over the field. I could see value in redshirting Monney in 2024. Especially if Lane and Sterzer can stay healthy.

CHASE TUATAGALOA
Chase Tuatagaloa enters fall camp hoping to stay healthy and make an impact on the depth chart. Tuatagaloa made the move from quarterback to tight end last fall and saw action in 5 games in 2023 but was not able to record any stats.

According to 247sports coming out of Orem High (UT), Tuatagaloa was rated as the 1907th-best player nationally, the 148th-best athlete, and the 41st-best prospect overall in Utah. He chose the Aggies over an offer from Morgan State.

What makes Tuatagaloa such an important player on the roster is his incredible ability to play multiple positions at the FBS level. Not many kids can do that. He is VERY capable at any spot on the field. His experience as a quarterback will aid in his transition to tight end immensely. Having been a quarterback in the offense he will already know the nuances of routes and blocking schemes needed to be a tight end. His excellent ability to make pre-snap reads will allow him to read opposing defenses. His big frame at 6 foot 4 could potentially make him a huge target for Aggie quarterbacks. He has good hands and is very good at using his big body to create separation against smaller defenders. He is a willing blocker in the run game which is a must for the Utah State coaching staff.

GRAYSON BROUSSEAU
True freshman Grayson Brousseau is a big addition to the tight-end room. Brousseau had a HUGE final season of high school ball as he pulled in 46 receptions for 612 yards, and 8 touchdowns. During his 4-year career for the Pioneers, he started in all 48 games hauling in 92 passes for 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns.

According to 247sports coming out of Lehi High (UT), Brousseau was rated as the 1,840th-best player nationally, the 89th-best tight end, and the 20th-best prospect overall in Utah. He chose the Aggies over offers from Air Force, byu, Colorado State, Idaho, Navy, UNLV, and Yale.

Brousseau is a talented tight end who can be a major weapon for the Aggie offense early in his career. He can line up anywhere on offense and that makes him extremely difficult for opposing defenses to deal with. His strong hands grasp everything that comes his way. His height and wide catch radius allow him to high-point the football and catch passes that other players would not. His deceptive speed gets him downfield to make plays, often catching opposing defenses napping. He is a developed route-runner, who will make Aggie quarterbacks very happy in the new future.

Jacob Regen
Adding depth to the position is true freshman Jacob Regen. Regen joined the Aggies for spring ball following his return from serving a mission.

Regen had a solid senior season in 2020 at local Green Canyon High (UT), where he hauled in 45 receptions for 687 yards and 7 touchdowns. For his effort, he was named First-team all-region 11.

Regen is a tremendous athlete, participating in several sports for the Wolves. He excelled at catching a short slant and using his athleticism to turn the catch into a chunk yardage play. He has good hands and was rarely guilty of a dropped ball. He displayed an unwavering willingness to go across the middle of the field. He spent a lot of time split out wide and that will allow him to be used in different ways. I expect Regen to spend the 2024 season redshirting.

Noah Wright
Adding depth to the position is true freshman Noah Wright. Wright joined the Aggies for spring ball following his return from serving a mission.

Wright made a contribution at Woods Cross High (UT) his senior season catching 12 passes for 92 yards.

While playing for the Wildcats, Wright was used in the more traditional sense at tight end. He lined up on the line of scrimmage and was used on tight-end pop routes up the seam. However, he is capable of splitting out wide and catching a quick out route as well. He is a willing downfield blocker and enjoys delivering punishing hits on opposing defensive players in the secondary. I expect Wright to spend the 2024 season redshirting.

PROJECTED 2024 PRESEASON DEPTH CHART

TIGHT END
87 Broc Lane (6-4, 245, Sr+., 3L, 3*)
83 Josh Sterzer (6-3, 240, Sr., 4L, 2*)
86 Will Monney (6-4, 230, So., 1L, 3*)
12 Chase Tuatagaloa (6-4, 235, So., 1L, 3*)
33 Grayson Brousseau (6-5, 230, Fr., HS, 3*)
27 Jacob Regen (6-2, 220, Fr., HS, NR)
85 Noah Wright (6-4, 220, Fr., HS, NR)

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