Despite a few notable snubs, Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro earned consensus All-American status after an outstanding junior season.
Amaro was named to nine All-American teams this year, including USA Today Sports, the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News, Athlon Sports and the Associated Press. Walter Camp, Sporting News and the AP are three of the five organizations the NCAA officially recognizes, and a player must be named to at least half of those teams to be considered a consensus All-American. Now that he’s earned that honor, he’ll also be eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame after his playing career is over.
During a year of up and down team performances, Amaro was as rock solid a receiver and blocker as any player in the country. He’s without question the top pass-catching tight end in college football with 98 (7th in the FBS) receptions for 1,240 yards (11th) and seven touchdowns this season. Heading into the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30 against Arizona State, Amaro is approaching several NCAA receiving records by a tight end. He needs just 90 yards in Tech’s last game to pass Rice’s James Casey (2008) for most receiving yards in a season by a tight end.
Considering Amaro went over 90 yards eight times this season and averages 103 yards per game, that record is well within reach. Congratulations, Jace!