Michigan State assistant coach Ted Gilmore is optimistic about Michigan State’s tight ends.

Gilmore is Michigan State’s tight ends coach and he focused on several players who will play tight end in 2022 for the Spartans. The Spartans dealt with several injuries at the tight end position and those players are starting to come back from offseason injuries.

Gilmore wants his tight ends to expand the offense and make it more difficult for the defense to stop the Spartans on offense:

“I’m trying to get guys who can run a little bit,” Gilmore said.

One player who will be part of Gilmore’s plans will be tight end Maliq Carr. In the spring, Carr was limited in spring practice due to an injury. Carr, who played football and basketball at Michigan State, will be a factor for the football team in 2022. He could be in a position where he has to decide between playing football or basketball for Michigan State.

Gilmore believes Carr’s future is in football. It will be Carr’s decision to make on what sports he wants to play. Gilmore also credited Carr’s improvement as a blocker.

The three primary tight ends for the Spartans in 2022 will be Carr, Tyler Hunt, and transfer Daniel Barker. Barker transferred to Michigan State from Illinois in January.

Gilmore enters his third season as Michigan State’s tight ends coach.