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02/07/19- Eli Wolf, rJr, Georgia, 6-4, 236
Tight end Eli Wolf, a part-time starter at Tennessee as a fourth-year junior in 2018, says he will play his final year of eligibility as a graduate transfer at Georgia. After graduating from Tennessee in May, Wolf will be immediately eligible at Georgia. He had five catches for 30 yards and a touchdown last season. Wolf announced his decision on his Twitter account Thursday. He followed older brother Ethan Wolf, also a tight end, to Tennessee as a walk-on before earning a scholarship before the 2017 season. The addition of Wolf helps Georgia fortify a suddenly thin position after junior Isaac Nauta entered the NFL draft and freshman Luke Ford announced his transfer to Illinois. Tight end Brett Seither from Clearwater, Florida, was one of Georgia's two signees on Wednesday. - AP College Football

01/14/19- *T.J. Hockenson, rSo, Iowa, 6-4, 250
Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson is leaving school early for the NFL. The Hawkeyes announced on Monday that Hockenson, a redshirt sophomore, will join teammates Noah Fant, Anthony Nelson and Amani Hooker as early entrees in the draft. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Hockenson won the Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end, in 2018. He caught 49 passes for 760 yards and six touchdowns last season, helping the Hawkeyes finish 9-4 and ranked 25th in the final poll of the year. - AP College Football

01/11/19- *Irv Smith Jr., Jr, Alabama, 6-3, 241
Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. Those projected first-rounders announced their intentions on Friday, along with versatile tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr. Jonah Williams and Quinnen Williams are unanimous All-Americans rated as potential Top 10 picks. Smith emerged as a weapon this season. He caught 44 passes for 710 yards and seven touchdowns. His father, Irv Smith Sr., is a former NFL tight end who was a first-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 1993. - AP College Football

01/04/19- *Isaac Nauta, Jr, Georgia, 6-4, 240
Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta says he is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Nauta was third on the team with 30 catches for 430 yards and three touchdowns this season. His top game of the season came against Florida, when he had five catches for 73 yards. Nauta announced his decision on his Twitter account on Friday. He says he made the decision to pursue his "life-long dream" of playing in the NFL after consulting with his family and coaches. Nauta is the first Georgia underclassman to declare for the draft. The school is awaiting decisions from other underclassmen including tailback Elijah Holyfield, wide receivers Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman and defensive back J.R. Reed. - AP College Football

01/03/19- *Zach Gentry, rJr, Michigan, 6-7, 262
Michigan cornerback David Long and tight end Zach Gentry are entering the NFL draft, skipping their final seasons of college eligibility. Long and Gentry made their announcements Wednesday on social media. The 6-foot-8 Gentry was a third-team, All-Big Ten player. The converted quarterback had 32 receptions for 514 yards and two touchdowns as a senior. Gentry had another season of college eligibility because he redshirted as a freshman. - AP College Football

01/02/19- *Kaden Smith, Jr, Stanford, 6-4, 252
Stanford tight end Kaden Smith will skip his final season of college to enter the NFL draft. Smith thanked his teammates, coaches and family when he announced the decision on Tuesday. Smith had 47 catches for 635 yards and two touchdowns this season for the Cardinal. He missed the final three games of the season with a foot injury. Smith had 70 catches for 1,049 yards and seven TDs in 20 games over two seasons in college. He is the latest in a long line of talented tight ends at Stanford and is projected to be taken in the first four rounds of the draft. - AP College Football

11/21/18- *T.J. Hockenson, rSo, Iowa, 6-4, 250
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz caused a stir last week when he intimated that star tight end Noah Fant's lack of snaps in a loss to Northwestern was due in part because T.J. Hockenson had passed Fant on the depth chart. The Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) corrected course last week at Illinois: Fant was predictably fantastic, scoring the game's first touchdown in a 63-0 rout. It has nonetheless become clear that Hockenson, a redshirt sophomore, just might be the best player on Iowa's roster. He has caught 41 passes for 663 yards and six TDs, and on Monday was named one of three finalists for the Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end. "He's got a good skill set ... but more importantly, he has a good work ethic and he's been patient," Ferentz said. "In our camp, we've felt like he was a pretty good player for quite some time now." Hockenson put up enormous numbers at tiny Chariton (Iowa) High, with 85 grabs for 1,219 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior. But when he and Fant came to Iowa in the same recruiting class, Fant that was expected to be the star and Hockenson was seen as a potential complementary piece. Hockenson redshirted in 2016 while Fant played right away. - AP College Football

11/17/18- Donald Parham, Sr, Stetson, 6-8, 243
Colin McGovern threw for 498 yards and six touchdowns, both school records, Donald Parham caught three scoring passes for 257 yards receiving - another single-game record - and Stetson beat Valparaiso 45-31 on Saturday. McGovern completed 31 of 50 passes to become the first Hatter to throw for more than 400 yards in a single game and he also became the all-time leading passer in school history. McGovern's 15-yarder to Bensley Bornelus put the Hatters (8-2, 6-2 Pioneer Football League) up for good 28-24 in the third quarter. He hit Luke McDermott on a 23-yarder and Parham on a 53-yard score, also in the third. Parham, who with 12 catches became the first Hatter with more than 200 receiving yards in a single game, also caught TD passes of 64 and 5 yards. Bornelus had seven receptions for 85 yards and two TDs and McDermott finished with five catches for 78 yards for the Hatters (8-2, 6-2 Pioneer Football League), who entered the game tied for second place in the conference. Valparaiso (2-9, 2-6) struck first, on Chris Duncan's 19-yard TD pass to Parker Fox, tied it at 14 on Cody Boxrucker's 1-yard run, then led 21-14 after Kellan McKeag returned a second-quarter blocked punt 25 yards for a score. - AP College Football

11/17/18- Joey Magnifico, rJr, Memphis, 6-3, 235
Patrick Taylor Jr., ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns and Memphis beat SMU 28-18 on Friday night. Brady White's 16-yard touchdown pass to Joey Magnifico with 9:26 before halftime gave Memphis a 7-3 lead it never surrendered. Taylor's 9-yard run after intermission extended the lead to 14-5. Ben Hicks threw a 31-yard score to James Proche just before the end of the third and SMU was with two but couldn't get closer. White threw a 9-yard score to Joey Magnifico to start the fourth and Taylor added a 2-yard TD run and the lead was 16. Hicks threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns - both to Proche. Proche finished with 12 catches for 134 yards. Bowl-eligible Memphis (7-4, 4-3 American Athletic Conference) now holds an 8-3 advantage in its series with the Mustangs (5-6, 4-3) and has won five straight against SMU since 2014. - AP College Football

11/14/18- *Noah Fant, Jr, Iowa, 6-4, 241
Iowa junior tight end Noah Fant is one of the most talented players that Kirk Ferentz has ever coached in his 20 years. So why isn't Iowa (6-4, 3-4 Big Ten) getting Fant the ball more? It is a perplexing question in an increasingly disappointing season in Iowa City. The issue came to a head last week in a 14-10 loss to Northwestern, Iowa's third straight defeat after a 6-1 start. Fant, the team leader with six touchdown catches, had just one catch for zero yards as the Hawkeyes let its final chance to remain alive in the Big Ten West race slip away. It was the fourth straight game without a TD grab by Fant. The Hawkeyes head to Illinois (4-6, 2-5) on Saturday looking to resurrect its season and Fant's role in their offense, especially considering he might leave for the NFL.

"We'll try to keep him involved and get him involved. But he's a good football player. We're going to be a better team if we can get him the ball," Ferentz said of Fant. Ferentz said Tuesday that the Hawkeyes have focused more on emerging sophomore T.J. Hockenson in recent weeks because of Hockenson's versatility, adding that they see Fant as more of a "specialist." Hockenson has been excellent, with 39 catches for 615 yards and five total TDs. But Fant's 18 career touchdown receptions are the best in school history for a tight end and the third-most in that category in Big Ten history. Fant is also considered a possible early-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, should he choose to leave school early. Iowa rarely has such talent at a skill position, which only makes it more confusing as to why the Hawkeyes haven't found more creative ways to throw the ball Fant's way. - AP College Football

11/14/18- *Caleb Wilson, rJr, UCLA, 6-4, 235
Wilson leads all tight ends with 718 yards receiving after his best game of the season last week against Arizona State. The junior caught 11 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns. UCLA's offense has struggled most of the season with inexperience and injuries at quarterback, but the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Wilson is still proving to be a downfield threat and possible first-round NFL draft pick. - AP College Football

11/12/18- *Caleb Wilson, rJr, UCLA, 6-4, 235
TE Caleb Wilson's emergence as the Bruins' best receiving target has been a boon to the UCLA offense, and should bolster the draft-eligible Wilson's stock. He has pro size and doubles as a capable blocker. A showdown with potential NFL talents Cameron Smith and Iman Marshall provides Wilson a bright spotlight this week.

11/12/18- Daniel Parker, Fr, Missouri, 6-4, 260
NOV 12 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Daniel Parker, TE, Missouri,...True freshman was a vital part of Mizzou's 33-28 comeback win Saturday over Vanderbilt that made the Tigers bowl eligible for the second-straight season...Caught 3 passes for 42 yards and 1 touchdown - all career highs for the converted defensive end who switched to offense just two weeks prior to the start of the season and who has seen more playing time the past few weeks (especially with the injuries to Mizzou's top-two tight ends)...Got free for a 20-yard catch-and-run TD with 4:39 left in the 3rd quarter with MU trailing at the time, 28-19.

His TD got the Tigers to within 28-26, and set the stage for the game-winning drive later in the fourth quarter...Had the key block that sealed the edge for QB Drew Lock when he scored on a 3-yard run with 9:18 left that proved to be the winning score. Also caught a big 15-yard pass on 3rd-and-3 earlier in the possession from the MU 39-yardline which kept the drive alive...Was asked to switch over to offense due to injuries at the tight end position, and he's been invaluable to the Tiger offense these past two weeks with his outstanding blocking abilities in the run game...Came into Saturday's game with 1 reception for 3 yards, and before this year he hadn't caught a pass in a football game since his freshman season of high school. - SEC Football

11/12/18- Colby Parkinson, So, Stanford, 6-6, 240
NOV 12 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Colby Parkinson, So., TE, Stanford (Simi Valley, Calif.),...Tied a school record with four touchdown receptions in Stanford's 48-17 victory over Oregon State...All four scores came in the first half, coming from 75, 28, 9 and 5 yards out...Finished with a career-high six receptions (all for first downs) and 166 receiving yards. Most receiving yards by a Cardinal tight end since Colby Fleener's 173 yards in the 2011 Orange Bowl...He is the first FBS tight end with four touchdown catches in a game since 2011 (Northwestern's Drake Dunsmore), and just the fifth to do so since 1996. Also nominated: Eno Benjamin, RB, ASU; Dillon Mitchel, WR, ORE; Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA; Jason Shelley, QB, UTAH; Gardner Minshew II, QB, WSU. - Pac-12 Football

11/11/18- Colby Parkinson, So, Stanford, 6-6, 240
Colby Parkinson caught all four of K.J. Costello's touchdown passes and Stanford beat Oregon State 48-17 Saturday to become bowl eligible. Bryce Love scored a touchdown and rushed for 90 yards, his most since gaining 136 against Southern California on Sept. 8. Cameron Scarlett also scored for the Cardinal (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) with a career-long run of 41 yards. Dorian Maddox scored on a 1-yard run, his first career touchdown. Jake Luton passed for 205 yards and touchdowns of 63 yards to Trevon Bradford and 7 yards to Noah Togiai. Jermar Jefferson rushed for 109 yards for Oregon State (2-8, 1-6). Bradford finished with five receptions for 120 yards.

Last year the teams combined for 486 total yards in Stanford's 15-14 win. The teams had 632 by halftime on Saturday. Costello threw for 342 yards and touchdown passes of 28, 9, 75 and 5 yards. He's thrown four touchdowns in three games this season, the most since Andrew Luck did in 2011. Parkinson finished with six catches and 166 yards. Parkinson became integral to Stanford's offense after top receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside suffered an injury in the first quarter of last week's loss at Washington. - AP College Football

11/04/18- Daniel Helm, rSr, Duke, 6-4, 248
Quentin Harris' jump pass to Daniel Helm late in the third quarter put Duke ahead for good, and the Blue Devils beat reeling Miami 20-12 on Saturday night to hand the Hurricanes their third straight loss. Deon Jackson scored on a 75-yard rush on the game's first snap from scrimmage for Duke (6-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which secured bowl eligibility and won at Miami for the first time since 1976. The Blue Devils had lost six straight at Miami. Deejay Dallas had an 83-yard touchdown run for Miami (5-4, 2-3) and finished with 124 rushing yards, but also fumbled the ball away twice. Travis Homer had a game-high 133 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Hurricanes. It was just the third time in the last 40 years that Miami, Florida and Florida State, the "Big Three" of college football in the Sunshine State lost on the same day. The others were Oct. 30, 2004 and Oct. 8, 2011 - though all three schools also lost last weekend, just not on the same day. - AP College Football

10/22/18- Carson Meier, rSr, Oklahoma, 6-5, 255
FB/TE Carson Meier had his first multi-catch game last week against TCU and continues to become a bigger part of OU's offense. Lincoln Riley said Meier's development as a pass-catcher has let him grow into the role that Dimitri Flowers had before Flowers' graduation after last year. "He's always been a good blocker but he's really improved -- not just catching the ball, but understanding our route concepts, understanding where we need him to be versus different coverages," Riley said. "So that development has allowed us to use him more. He's a weapon there."

10/14/18- *Jace Sternberger, rJr, Texas AM, 6-4, 250
Tight end Jace Sternberger knew plenty of people were waiting for No. 22 Texas A&M to fall apart after its surprisingly strong start. The Aggies showed Saturday they're not going away any time soon. Sternberger had seven catches for 145 yards, Kellen Mond threw for 353 yards and Seth Small had four field goals as Texas A&M held off South Carolina 26-23. Sternberger had heard too many comparisons with past Aggies teams who opened strong, then faded as the Southeastern Conference season wore on. "We put a lot of pressure on ourselves this week," he said. "We knew everybody was waiting to see how we were going to respond." The Aggies answered with a winning final quarter after squandering a 16-0 second-half lead. "We were going to get over that hump and we were able to show that today," he said. There are several more tests ahead for Texas A&M (5-2, 3-1), including road games with Mississippi State and Auburn and closing the regular season against LSU. - AP College Football

10/09/18- *Noah Fant, Jr, Iowa, 6-4, 241
TE Noah Fant added to his Iowa record for career touchdowns by a tight end with his 17th last week against Minnesota. Fant's five-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter expanded Hawkeyes' lead to 14 points on the way to a 48-31 victory. Fant's TD receptions total is tied for fourth overall in program history. His five touchdowns this season rank fourth overall in Big Ten and tie him for the most among FBS tight ends with Jace Sternberger of Texas A&M.

10/05/18- Zander Neuville, rSr, Wisconsin, 6-4, 252
Starting tight end Zander Neuville will likely miss the rest the season for No. 16 Wisconsin because of a left knee injury. Coach Paul Chryst announced the injury on Thursday after the Badgers (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) wrapped up their last practice before facing Nebraska on Saturday night. Neuville hurt his right knee late last season, knocking him out for the Big Ten title game and the Orange Bowl. The senior missed this season's opener before playing the next three games. The Badgers should still be in good shape at tight end with Kyle Penniston and Jake Ferguson, a freshman who caught his first touchdown pass two weeks ago against Iowa. Chryst says that sophomore Luke Benzschawel is also expected to return this week from a right leg injury. - AP College Football

10/03/18- *Jace Sternberger, rJr, Texas AM, 6-4, 250
TE Jace Sternberger is the FBS leader among tight ends in touchdown. The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M transfer has four scores this season and is one touchdown grab away from the Aggies' school record of five catches for a touchdown by a tight end in a single season. So far in 2018, Sternberger has had at least one 20-plus yard catch in every game. He's proven to be a reliable red zone threat and someone who can eat up chunks of yards.

10/03/18- Jeremy Patton, Sr, Arkansas, 6-5, 253
TE Jeremy Patton, a senior from Indianapolis, had surgery on Tuesday after suffering an undisclosed injury to his ankle or foot against Texas A&M. It's unclear when he may able to return.

10/02/18- Chase Allen, rSo, Iowa State, 6-6, 240
TE Chase Allen is still day-to-day with a groin injury. He's been on the sidelines the past two games but hopes to play this weekend.

09/26/18- Grant Calcaterra, So, Oklahoma, 6-4, 221
TE Grant Calcaterra finally found himself a consistent part of the game plan against Army, with two catches for 47 yards. Calcaterra replaced Mark Andrews, who was the Sooners' leading receiver a year ago, but hadn't been getting many targets through the early part of the season.

09/24/18- Foster Moreau, Sr, LSU, 6-4, 250
TE Foster Moreau is coming off his most productive game of the season. He caught four passes for 33 yards after catching just two passes through three games. The Tigers' young wide receivers have been slow to demonstrate much consistency, so the senior tight end might be the target that Joe Burrow feels most comfortable with as the younger players grow into their roles.

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