Utah's Brant Kuithe sets his sights on becoming the top tight end in the country.
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1. Brant Kuithe - Utah
Kuithe is the Pac-12's returning leading receiver at Tight End after a dominant season in 2019 that resulted in 704 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Utah tight end is a big play threat who averaged a ridiculous 17.6 yards per touch. Kuithe was named 2nd Team All-Pac-12 in 2019 and this season should contend to be an All-American.
2. Cade Otton - Washington
Washington has consistently churned out NFL tight ends since 2014 and Otton looks to be the next star to don the Purple and Gold. The Husky tight end flew under the radar in 2019 as he played in the shadow of Hunter Bryant but has impressed in both his blocking and receiving ability. Otton at 6-5 240 is an elite red zone threat for the Huskies and Athlon projects Otton to be 2nd Team All-Pac-12 in 2020.
3. Cam McCormick - Oregon
McCormick has battled injuries during his Duck career but assuming he is healthy he will be Oregon's traditional starting tight end as he can excel at both catching and blocking. Mario Cristobal when speaking about McCormick said "There’s a guy that not only can stretch the field and catch a football, that’s a guy who can do damage in the C and D gaps as a tight end, as a wing, as an on-line guy, off-the-ball guy. He’s a pretty special tight end."
4. Spencer Webb - Oregon
Standing at 6-6 251, Spencer Webb is a matchup nightmare for opponents. Webb came to Oregon as a 4 star recruit and quickly impressed with 209 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2019. Webb is more of a pass catching tight end but with his size he should become a formidable blocker with more experience.
5. Brady Russell - Colorado
Russell has started 13 games for Colorado and is one of the best tight ends in the conference. Russell had 221 yards in 2019 and is a 3rd Team All-Pac-12 selection for 2020 in Athlon's College Football Preview.
6. Jake Tonges - Cal
Tonges might be a name that many aren't familiar with but he was surprisingly a big play threat for the Cal offense in 2019. The Cal tight end finished with 262 yards while averaging 20.2 yards per catch. Tonges will line up all over the field for the Golden Bears in 2020 and should receive even more attention from Garbers with another season under his belt.