Tight ends are proving to be more valuable than ever as the game of football evolves. No longer primarily a blocking position, these big wide receivers are being asked to make plays in the passing game and transform into superstars.
This is why the John Mackey Award was introduced in 2000 and has been rewarded to the best college tight end in the country ever since. Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame won the award last season, and there is a special player out there who will be blessed to keep the tradition alive.
This year's watch list includes 37 players to keep an eye on, although there are only a handful who have a legitimate case to win the John Mackey Award. Make sure to watch plenty of Pac-12 football this season.