Brigham Young Cougars junior tight end Austin Holt received the most votes (47%), followed by fellow junior Richard Wilson (32%). Coming off a neck injury that caused him to miss all of 2011, Devin Mahina received 13% of the vote. Kaneakua Friel received the remaining 8%.
Before disclosing who I think will have the best season, let me make it clear that I think BYU is in a good position to have its next great tight end tandem with Austin Holt and Richard Wilson.
Of those two, I think Wilson will have the better season.
My vote goes to Wilson for two reasons.
1. When all the tight ends were freshmen in 2010, Wilson came out of the gates the best: 3 receptions for 45 yards against Washington.
2. When Riley Nelson took over the team in 2011, Wilson was the most productive tight end until he was injured: 4 receptions, 71 yards, 1 TD vs. 2 receptions, 33 yards (Holt).
It seems the only thing that has prevented Wilson from separating himself from the pack has been lack of opportunities. If he stays healthy this year, those opportunities should come.
Holt may be the better blocker, but with the reports that BYU will be running a more up tempo, spread Oregon Ducks style offense this year, blocking from the tight end will not be as important as pass receiving.
Mahina and Friel are just sophomores and will have to take a back seat to the upperclassmen. That doesn't mean I don't expect great things from them in 2014.
Thank you to everyone who voted. Don't forget to vote in this week's poll: "Who will be BYU's leading rusher in 2012?"
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