Continued to show why he was one of the top tight ends in the Atlantic Coast Conference, posting career highs with 317 yards and three touchdowns on 20 receptions…named preseason Mackey Award watch list…started every game in 2017…in his season debut, secured three receptions for 46 yards against No. 1 Alabama, the most allowed to a tight end all season by the Crimson Tide…scored his first touchdown of the season vs. No. 13 Miami, finishing with 54 yards and a touchdown on four catches…scored on a career-long 60-yard bomb from James Blackman at Clemson, tied for the longest reception of the year (George Campbell, NC State)…career-high six catches in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl.
Watch List: Mackey
Proved to be one of the top tight ends in the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing with 19 catches for 227 yards (11.9 ypc) and a touchdown…tremendous blocker who helped pave the way for unanimous All-American running back Dalvin Cook and an offense that ranked third in the ACC with 466.2 yards per game…caught a two-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of Florida State’s tremendous, season-opening comeback win over No. 11 Ole Miss in Orlando…finished with three receptions for 41 yards against the Rebels…had two receptions versus Charleston Southern and made one grab at No. 10 Louisville…had a career day against No. 23 North Carolina, finishing with four catches for 63 yards…along with Mavin Saunders, FSU tight ends caught seven balls against the Tar Heels, the most for the unit in a game since Nick O’Leary had eight against Syracuse in 2014…had two receptions for eight yards at Miami, one catch versus Wake Forest and three receptions for 19 yards at NC State…his career-long 39-yard catch at Syracuse was the longest by a Seminole tight end in 2016…had a 10-yard catch at No. 13 Florida.
Freshman All-America Honorable Mention (Campus Insider)
Appeared in all 13 games making 11 starts in his first full season as Florida State’s tight end…led all Seminole tight ends in receptions (14), yards (210) and touchdowns (2)…ranked fifth on the team in receptions and receiving yards, while his two receiving touchdowns were fourth…tallied a career-high two receptions five times including games against ACC foes Louisville, Georgia Tech and NC State and at No. 10 Florida…recorded a 37-yard catch vs. Miami – the longest reception of the season for the young tight end…recorded his first career touchdown in the season opener vs. Texas State…also caught a touchdown vs. Louisville – a 2-yard pass from Everett Golson in the fourth quarter…finished the season with a 33-yard catch and run against Houston in the Peach Bowl…was recognized as one of FSU’s Top Newcomers of the Year on offense at the end of the year banquet.
A four-star prospect and ranked the nation’s ninth-best tight end by 247Sports in the 2014 recruiting class…rated a three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and Scout…ranked nation’s No. 18 tight end and No. 18 player in New Jersey by ESPN…No. 12 player in New Jersey by 247Sports…No. 25 tight end and No. 13 player in New Jersey by Rivals…No. 27 tight end by Scout…ranked No. 16 on Star Ledger 50, a list of the top recruits in New Jersey, heading into the fall…helped Pope John finish with a 10-2 record and an appearance in the sectional championship game as a senior, tallying 766 receiving yards and seven touchdowns…captured All-West Jersey First Team, All-Non-Public Second Team and All-State Third Team honors in 2013…All-Area First Team honors as a junior…combined statistics for final two prep seasons include 63 catches, 1,098 yards and 13 touchdowns…also played basketball for Pope John and nabbed All-West Jersey Second Team honors in 2012-13…chose Florida State over Wisconsin, Rutgers and Boston College…born December 21, 1995…majoring in social science.