Friday, January 31, 2014
Top 25 players in the Big 12: No. 1
By Jake Trotter
With signing day approaching, we’re closing the book on the 2013 season. The last two weeks, we’ve been counting down the top 25 players in the Big 12 in 2013 through a list collaboratively selected by Jake Trotter, Brandon Chatmon and Max Olson. It’s finally time for our No. 1 player.
Amaro, however, was the one player in the Big 12 who was pretty much impossible to game plan for. Because of his size and 260-pound frame, the flex tight end overpowered safeties. Because of his speed and quickness, he simply blew by linebackers. No defense figured out how to stop Amaro, even with Texas Tech rotating between two true freshmen quarterbacks.
As a result, Amaro finished with 1,352 receiving yards, which set an FBS single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end. Amaro also hauled in 106 receptions, good for second all-time among FBS tight ends. No one else in the Big 12 caught more than 83 passes.
In turn, Amaro was a unanimous All-American -- joining Richardson as the only two Big 12 players to earn such honors.