Written by Evan McShane
2019 Countdown - #86
Name – Peyton Hendershot
Position – Tight End (Redshirt Sophomore)
Hometown – North Salem, Indiana (Tri-West)
Height – 6’3”
Weight – 266
Last season Peyton Hendershot proved to be a serious potential weapon on offense. Emerging as the starting tight end, Hendershot started in 10 of 12 games. He led all tight ends with 15 receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He also recorded a blocked punt on special teams, where he also provided consistent play. Overall, the 2018 campaign was largely a success for Hendershot after being forced to use a medical redshirt during his true freshman season.
Above all else, perhaps the most exciting part about the in-state product is his athleticism. A standout basketball player for Tri-West High School in North Salem, Indiana, Hendershot averaged a double-double in basketball. That athleticism is evident in his leaping ability and tendency to go after jump balls over the middle. Standing 6-foot-4, 256-pounds possess the size of many modern-day NFL tight ends. His frame looks to be ideal for the college passing game as well.
New offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer plans to stretch the field. One of the best ways to spread a defense thin in the secondary is with deep seam routes down the middle. Hendershot has the speed and hands to become a legitimate thread downfield. With a chance to lead his position group and build off solid production as a redshirt freshman, the future looks bright for Peyton Hendershot.
Hutch’s Trivia Question
What was Indiana’s final AP Poll ranking in 1967?