Alex Welch, the 6' 3" 250 pound senior, missed all of his junior season after tearing his ACL during the pre-season. Now after a healthy spring and fall camp he is back to feeling like his old self.
"I am feeling a lot better. I think the spring helped me get to where I am now. I'm starting to feel like my old self. I am not really thinking about it. I am just excited, going out there and playing football like I love," says Welch.
Welch along Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack will try to fill the void left by Tyler Eifert, who is now with the Cincinnati Bengals. Welch believes the three of them are ready to take over.
"Tyler is gone, we've known that, we've had all spring to get used to that. We are all just trying to go out there and make plays. Tight ends have got to catch the football and block. That is what we are doing. We are doing whatever the coaches ask us to do."
Welch added "We have got to be physical. That is the biggest thing for these tight ends. The three of us, we are all just trying to play physical every down. That is what our goal has been this camp."