Jace Amaro Key to Unlocking Offense for Texas Tech Red Raiders in 2013

Michael C. Johnson – USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Tech Red Raiders are looking to get back to their Air Raid roots under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury which means there are opportunities for stars to be made in the passing game. While the likely breakout stars will be at wide receiver, it could be tight end Jace Amaro who ends up taking the Raiders offense over the top in 2013.

In limited time during his sophomore season, Amaro put his playmaking ability on display. He finished third on the team with 409 receiving yards on just 25 catches in seven games. His 16.36 yards per reception average led the team and he found the endzone four times. If he can stay upright and in the lineup for a full season, he should be able to put up some big numbers next fall.

At 6-foot-5, 257-pounds, Amaro is a tight end with the length and athleticism of a wide receiver. He showed off his great speed last season, particularly after the catch, as he ran away from defenders. He offers great versatility and could be the x-factor that Kingsbury needs to unlock the potential of his offense in Lubbock next season.

Amaro will be a major asset underneath and open up deeper routes for Eric Ward as he breaks out in 2013. He will be a matchup nightmare for defenses, with too much speed for linebackers and too much strength for defensive backs, that will force more single coverage to the edge and opening up the big plays down the field that can spark the Tech offense.

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