The finalists for the John Mackey Award for the nation’s best tight end were announced with Eric Ebron from North Carolina, Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington and Nick O’Leary from Florida State. The notable player left off of this list is Jace Amaro, the tight end from Texas Tech.
In terms of production, Amaro was unmatched. He caught 92 passes for 1,157 yards and 6 touchdowns in Lubbock this year. The number of catches and yards add up to more than any two of the candidates this year combined. He has been unbelievably dominant this year as a member of the Red Raiders.
The potential problem for Amaro is how he is listed and how he is perceived in terms of his position. Amaro is listed as a tight end and he looks like a tight end and. In terms of what he usually does, he plays like a wide receiver. He is usually split out away from the line of scrimmage and the instances of him lining up inline, as some might characterize a true tight end are few and far between. Amaro has not done much in terms of being a blocker and has a lot to prove in that area. That might be the conclusion that the committee that selects this award came to and opted to choose three players that embodied the full scope of the tight end position more than Amaro did. Still, that production is difficult to ignore.