Indiana added further depth at the tight end position on Wednesday, picking up a commitment from South Alabama graduate transfer Khameron Taylor.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Florida native specializes as a blocker, though IU coach Tom Allen believes there’s room to expand his skill set in the offense. Taylor started 14 of the 24 games he played for the Jaguars, and while he caught only two passes for 18 yards last season, one of them was a 13-yard touchdown reception at Nebraska. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
“We are really excited about adding Kham to our program,” Allen said. “He brings experience to the tight end room. Other than Peyton Hendershot, we have a young group that needs some depth. Kham is a big, strong blocker with untapped potential in the pass game. He has a great combination of size, length and athleticism that immediately helps us become a better football team.”
It’ll be interesting to monitor the tight end depth chart as the regular season nears. Hendershot’s status is still unclear after he was arrested in February and charged with four misdemeanors stemming from a domestic incident. Hendershot was suspended from all team activities after his arrest, though Allen revealed last month that the redshirt junior had returned to the team in a “modified way.” Still, it remains possible, if not probable, that Hendershot will see a suspension from games once the season begins.
Beyond Hendershot, junior Matt Bjorson is Indiana’s most experienced returner at the position. Bjorson has appeared in 25 games across his first two seasons, catching seven passes for 36 yards and a touchdown last fall. Redshirt sophomore T.J. Ivy and redshirt freshman Gary Cooper are also in the mix.