2013: First-team All-American pick and first-team All-Big 12 selection. Was also a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award and Biletnikoff Award. Finished tied for eighth in FBS with 106 receptions. Set FBS all-time record with 1,352 yards for a tight end. 2012: Played in seven games and started six. Missed six games due to lacerated spleen/internal bleeding suffered from a hit against West Virginia. Was ejected from 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl for throwing a punch. Was arrested in March of 2012 for using a credit card at a bar without his name on it. 2011: Played in 12 games but did not start.
Excellent size with a well-proportioned frame and room for added bulk. Releases cleanly into routes. Moves like an oversized receiver. Good balance. Enough foot speed to stretch the seam. Good hands to extend and catch. Gives effort as a move blocker and can block out defensive backs. Flashes nastiness. Historic one-year production.
Was used as an inside receiver and lacks the bulk, base strength and body power to match up with NFL defensive ends. Is unsudden (average acceleration) and lacks elite top-end speed. Upright, unrefined route runner -- shows hip and ankle stiffness in and out of breaks. Struggles to consistently separate. Fairly straight-linish after the catch. Ordinary run strength. Production was inflated by scheme and poor pass defenses.
Highly productive, finesse, detached tight end who racked up 106 receptions for 1,352 yards (12.8) and seven TDs as a junior when he was essentially an inside receiver for the Red Raiders. Will have to play a similar role in the pros, as he is not equipped to survive in-line.