Sean Culkin had 4 receptions for 45 yards and the game tying touchdown in the fourth quarter of Mizzou's upset loss to Indiana. For some this was a welcome sight considering the lack of production from the tight end position in 2013 after several years of Michael Egnew, Chase Coffman and Martin Rucker.
His first career touchdown came on a play designed specifically for him, Maty Mauk put Culkin in motion to determine the defensive coverage, then when Indiana blitzed off the right tackle, he hit Culkin in the flat for an easy walk in score.
This wasn't Culkin's only notable play of the game, as he had a crushing block earlier in the drive when Maty Mauk was forced out of the pocket.
While Culkin isn't known as a point of attack blocker when attached at the end of the line for the run game, the 6'6" 245 lb tight end can be a great target on short routes over the middle as we've seen vs Toledo and UCF as well as a devastating blocker when Mauk demonstrates his down field scrambling ability.
Through four games this year, Culkin has 7 receptions for 86 yards
The loss of Darius White and the relative inexperience of senior Wesley Leftwich and youngsters J'Mon Moore, Nate Brown and Lawrence Lee will probably mean Culkin, who's already been lined up wide more this year than any tight end through the entire 2013 season, will become an even more integral part of the passing offense.
Saturday's game vs South Carolina will see if he can capitalize on this opportunity.