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The Top 10 Pac-12 Tight End Seasons of the Past 10 Years

Fred Davis, Marcedes Lewis and Zach Ertz have had some of the best seasons ever by tight ends in the conference.


1. Fred Davis Sr. USC 2007

Davis was signed as a receiver but transitioned into a tight end and had his career immediately take off. Davis has his career year in 2007, winning the Mackey Award as he blew up with 62 receptions for 881 yards and 8 touchdowns while being the Rose Bowl winning Trojans' leading receiver and top target.

2. Marcedes Lewis Sr. UCLA 2005

Lewis might be the best ever athlete and body to ever play tight end in the conference and he went out with his best year in 2005 with 58 receptions for 741 yards and 10 touchdowns while winning the Mackey Award. Lewis ended up being one of the conference's pass catchers and was one of the reasons why the Bruins had their best season of the past 15 years.

3. Zach Ertz Jr. Stanford 2012

Ertz arguably should have won the Mackey Award as he was the Rose Bowl winning Cardinal's leading receiver and put up huge numbers for a tight end while also blocking for a stellar running game. Ertz finished with 69 receptions for 898 yards and six touchdowns and made Stanford's biggest play of the year with his touchdown catch late against Oregon.

4. Austin Seferian-Jenkins So. Washington 2012

ASJ is a monster at 6'6 265 that uses his body like a power forward and physically dominated the Pac-12 in 2012. Seferian-Jenkins had the best season a Washington tight end has ever had as he had 69 receptions for 850 yards and seven touchdowns.

5. Joseph Fauria Sr. UCLA 2012

Fauria's season in 2012 kind of got overshadowed by Ertz and Seferian-Jenkins' but it shouldn't have. Fauria was far and away the Bruins' best receiver in their turnaround season and caught 46 passes for 637 yards and 12 touchdowns, almost as many as Ertz and Seferian-Jenkins combined for.

6. Rob Gronkowski So. Arizona 2008

Before he was Gronk, Rob Gronkowski was just a really talented, young tight end at Arizona that caught a lot of touchdowns. Gronk had his best year as a sophomore where he caught 47 passes for 672 yards and caught 10 touchdowns.

7. Coby Fleenor Sr. Stanford 2011

Before there was Ertz, there was Fleenor, who was the original giant Stanford tight end that was a very dangerous receiver. Fleenor was Andrew Luck's favorite target in his final year in Palo Alto and had 34 receptions for 667 yards and 10 touchdowns while helping Stanford to the Fiesta Bowl.

8. Joe Newton So. Oregon State 2004

Newton was a massive, 6'7 pass catching tight end who was a serious weapon for the Beavers. Newton finished with 56 receptions for 687 yards for seven touchdowns as just a sophomore.

9. Tim Euhus Sr. Oregon State 2003

Euhus has mainly been forgotten, but he had a huge statistical season back when tight ends didn't do that as much as they do now. Euhus ended the season with 49 receptions for 645 yards and seven touchdowns.

10. Alex Smith Sr. Stanford 2004

Smith played for a horrendous Stanford team and was pretty much their only option in the passing game, as an athletic big guy with soft hands. The Cardinal barely won any games in 2005, but Smith had 52 catches for 706 yards and three touchdowns.

Others considered

Tim Day Sr. Oregon 2004, Ed Dickson Sr. Oregon 2009, Zach Miller Fr. Arizona State 2004, Joe Newton Sr. 2006, Austin Seferian-Jenkins Fr. Washington 2011