Christopher Smith

TE Torches ASU, Pick 'Em Gamers On Way To NFL

Created on Dec. 31, 2013 2:13 AM EST

Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro must've known.

In the middle of the Holiday Bowl, ESPN's Joe Schad reported that Amaro will declare for the NFL draft, citing an unnamed source.

Amaro was shredding Arizona State at the time, collecting six catches for 94 yards in the first half. With that, he broke the all-time NCAA record for receiving yards in a season by a tight end, finishing his junior season with 106 catches, 1,352 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

Listed at 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, draft expert David Seigerman ranked Amaro No. 33 on his mid-season big board, just a few slots below tight ends Eric Ebron (North Carolina) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington).

With three highly-touted tight ends expected to enter the draft and a bounty of coveted receivers, NFL general managers looking for playmakers are salivating.

Many gamblers and college bowl pick 'em aficionados are cursing Amaro tonight, as Texas Tech, which entered the Holiday Bowl on a five-game losing streak, entered the game as a 16.5-point underdog.

The Red Raiders crushed the Sun Devils, 37-23.

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