2018 Season Countdown: #20 Sean McKeon

2018 Season Countdown: #20 Sean McKeon


August 8, 2018

Sean McKeon (image via Land of 10)

Name: Sean McKeon
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 251 lbs.
High school: Dudley (MA) Shepherd Hill
Position: Tight end
Class: Junior
Jersey number: #84
Last year: I ranked McKeon #52 and said he would be a backup tight end (LINK). He started ten games at tight end and made 31 catches for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns.
TTB Rating: 77

I underranked McKeon last season by a good bit. I thought then redshirt junior Ian Bunting would be the starter after Bunting filled in capably for Jake Butt in 2016. I still think Bunting would have been a fine starting tight end, but the coaching staff obviously liked McKeon, who led the team in receptions (31) and touchdown catches (3) while barely finishing #3 in receiving yards (he had 301; team leader Grant Perry had 307). McKeon proved to be a largely reliable tight end. Unfortunately, the coaching staff – particularly Jim Harbaugh – goofed in the Outback Bowl and called for a handoff to McKeon, who promptly fumbled it away; Harbaugh didn’t realize he didn’t have an actual fullback in the game. It wasn’t really McKeon’s fault, but it did leave a slightly bad taste in some fans’ mouths.

Going into the 2018 season, McKeon seems pretty well entrenched as a starting tight end, or at least a heavy contributor. Redshirt junior Zach Gentry should also play quite a bit, and while McKeon has more starts, I think Gentry is the guy who can help create big plays and stretch the field. You don’t find 6’8″ guys who can run like Gentry, but 6’5″ guys who play like McKeon are a little more common. I think I would be a little bit disappointed if McKeon leads the team in receptions again, because that would likely mean that Donovan Peoples-Jones and/or Tarik Black underachieved or got hurt. McKeon might match his numbers from 2017, but he should end up a little farther down on the stat sheet this season.

Prediction: Starting tight end; 25 catches for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns

4 comments

  1. Comments: 877
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    je93
    Aug 08, 2018 at 7:15 AM

    Best part of the countdown. Thanks for all your work Thunder!

    • Thunder
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      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Aug 08, 2018 at 10:49 PM

      Thanks for reading!

  2. DonAZ
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    DonAZ
    Aug 08, 2018 at 8:02 AM

    “I think I would be a little bit disappointed if McKeon leads the team in receptions again, because that would likely mean that Donovan Peoples-Jones and/or Tarik Black underachieved or got hurt.”

    Or because the offensive line and Shea Patterson underachieved. In 2017, wasn’t the problem a lack of time for deeper routes to develop? In that setting, a TE in a crossing route may be the only / safe option available.

  3. Painter Smurf
    Comments: 255
    Joined: 8/12/2015
    Painter Smurf
    Aug 08, 2018 at 7:56 PM

    Needs to fix the drops. Had a few late in the season that were costly. But a very capable TE and a good recruiting find by JH and staff. Like the way McKeon improved his blocking last year under Frey.

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