Also played basketball as a Texas prep. Was a reserve as a true freshman in 2011, when he caught seven balls for 57 yards (8.1-yard average) and two touchdowns in 12 games. Was arrested in March 2012 on charges of credit-card fraud, though charges were later dropped. In the fall, started six of seven games played -- three at tight end, one at "H," one at "Y," one at "Z" -- and managed 25 catches for 409 yards (16.4) and four TDs. Missed the last six regular-season games after taking a hit against West Virginia, which caused a lacerated spleen, fractured rib and internal bleeding. Was ejected from Meineke Car Care Bowl against Minnesota for throwing a punch. Set an FBS record for receiving yards by a tight end in 2013, though he was used primarily as an inside receiver. Started 10 of 13 games and piled up 106 catches for 1,352 yards (12.8) and seven TDs.
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 a slot receiver and does not show the functional strength and body power to match up with NFL defensive linemen. 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, as confirmed by an average three-cone time (7.42 seconds) at the combine. Ordinary run strength. Production was inflated by scheme and poor pass defenses. Labored to catch the ball at the combine and really struggled to consistently haul it in.
Very productive, finesse, detached tight end who racked up exceptional production as a junior when he was essentially deployed as an inside receiver for the Red Raiders. Will be best utilized in a similar role in the pros.