Texas Tech Red Raiders Football: Will Jace Amaro Live Up To Expectations In 2013?

By Weston Wilson
Jace Amaro
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Highly-touted tight end Jace Amaro has had an up and down career at Texas Tech since he first arrived in 2011.

The 6-foot-5, 257-pound playmaker has a rare combination of size and speed and has all of the physical attributes to be an All-American this fall, but does he have the discipline and focus to do so?

Amaro has been riddled with injuries since coming to Lubbock and hasn’t been able to put together more than seven meaningful games in each of his two seasons.

Last year, he got off to a hot start and through six games, he racked up 394 yards and four touchdowns. He got hurt about midway through the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Amaro didn’t return until the bowl game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on December 28th where he had just two catches for 15 yards and got ejected from the game after throwing a punch at a Golden Gophers defensive back in the end zone.

Amaro should see a similar amount of catches this year even with a coaching change as head coach Kliff Kingsbury will run a wide-open offense that can utilize Amaro’s skills. If he can be prepared mentally this year for each and every week as well as avoid injuries, there’s no doubt in my mind Amaro can see an incredible year. He is a mismatch to just about every defensive back in the country and the Red Raiders need him to have his best year yet to stay in the Big-12 title hunt.

With his speed, size, hands and blocking ability, Amaro can be one of the biggest receiving threats in the Big 12 in 2013. We will see if he can prepare himself mentally to do just that this fall.


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