Zach Sudfeld was unheard of until 2012, and even now, he remains unknown to many football fans. The tight end has tremendous size and strength as well as a good set of hands, making him a possible selection in the 2013 NFL draft.
He had to fight through injuries for most of his career, but finally stayed healthy in 2012. Sudfeld was a huge part of the Nevada Wolf Pack passing game and a favorite target in the end zone with his 6'7" frame.
This big TE made some huge plays for his team and was a key factor to its success. While there aren't many videos of his playing time at Nevada, he is tremendous in the available highlights.
Here are the top plays of Sudfeld's 2012 season with the Wolf Pack.
What a finish to this touchdown reception by Sudfeld. He not only makes the catch in space, but also jumps over the defender, flipping his way into the end zone.
He runs a simple, quick out route and finds himself wide open for the easy catch. It's amazing how a 6'7" tight end goes almost unnoticed in the red zone.
Such a magnificent play calls for some confetti, as Sudfeld puts the Nevada Wolf Pack up by a touchdown in the first half.
This game would come right down to the wire, with the Wolf Pack coming away victorious in overtime.
Against Texas State, Sudfeld does exactly what he is supposed to in this scenario.
He is lined up on the left side, but once the ball is snapped he comes racing along the line of scrimmage to the right side, where the quarterback is rolling.
Sudfeld finds a crease behind a pursuing linebacker and spots the open area where he can make the touchdown catch. He makes the QB's job easy.
This was one of two touchdown receptions that Sudfeld had in the game.
Sudfeld makes a fantastic catch on this play during a big moment in this conference matchup against the UNLV Rebels.
Almost identical to the last play against Texas State, Sudfeld comes all the way from the other side of the line of scrimmage and out into the flats. Only this time, he has to make a difficult catch as he enters the end zone.
His score here in the fourth quarter gave the Wolf Pack their first lead of the game and they would never lose it.
The 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl was an absolute shootout between the Wolf Pack and Arizona Wildcats. Sudfeld was a big part of this high-scoring game.
He put the Wolf Pack up by two touchdowns after this snag. Here, Sudfeld runs a corner route after lining up as a wing and makes a nice grab in traffic for the score.
This was the first of two touchdown catches on the day for the big tight end in his last collegiate game.
On this play, Sudfeld completely fools the defense and ends up absolutely wide open in the end zone.
He comes off the line making it seem as if he was going to block, but suddenly darts for the goal line at an angle. There is no defender in sight as Sudfeld waltzes his way into the end zone.
This catch was the first of Sudfeld's two touchdown receptions on the day, marking one of his best games with the Wolf Pack.
This was the last touchdown of Sudfeld's career at Nevada, as well as one of his most impressive plays on the season.
Sudfeld lines up at the right tight end spot and goes sailing down the sideline, making the catch in stride. This 28-yard touchdown marked back-to-back scores by the tight end, all transpiring in less than 15 seconds.
After his first TD put the Wolf Pack up by 14, the team forced a turnover, giving Sudfeld another chance to score. He took advantage and gave the Wolf Pack a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.
Unfortunately for Sudfeld and his teammates, the Wildcats of Arizona scored and converted a two-point conversion in the final seconds to win the 2012 New Mexico Bowl.