Big East: Who will transform tomorrow?

November, 23, 2012
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So who will transform tomorrow with an impact performance in Week 13?

I have decided to go with Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce for a few reasons. First and foremost, Kelce has been under the radar this season despite having one of the best seasons for a tight end in school history.

He leads the team with 28 catches for 472 yards and four touchdowns. He has the longest reception of the season -- a 78-yard touchdown against Fordham. And he has posted career-highs for single-game receiving yards (101 against Fordham) and receptions (five against Rutgers).

Kelce is now within 10 yards of Brent Celek (481 receiving yards in 2006) for second most by a Bearcats tight end in school history. He needs 25 yards to pass Joe Koynock into first place on that list.

After his four-catch, 77-yard, two-touchdown performance a few weeks ago against Syracuse, Coach Butch Jones said, "Travis Kelce has come as far as anyone in our football program."

It is senior day, so Kelce will probably be extra motivated. And now factor in the opponent: USF. The Bulls had major problems covering anybody in a 40-9 loss to Miami last week. That includes tight end Clive Walford.

Walford ended up with a career-high 135 receiving yards in the game against the Bulls -- the second-most receiving yards by a Hurricanes tight end in program history. That probably bodes well for Kelce, as he seeks to set the school record for single-season receiving yards by a tight end later Friday.

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