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Miami Hurricanes: Will Mallory named to John Mackey Award Watch List

Miami Hurricanes tight end Will Mallory was named to the 2021 John Mackey Award Watch List on Friday.

Mallory filled in a nice secondary role for Miami last season, as he formed a tandem with Brevin Jordan. He recorded 22 catches for 329 yards and four touchdowns last season. Mallory had many productive games last fall. He had some really good, productive games. One of those games included a two-catch 51-yard performance against Pittsburgh. Both those catches went for touchdowns.

He also played well against North Carolina State on November 6. In that contest, he recorded eight catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

With Jordan out of the picture, Mallory may figure to play a bigger role for the Miami Hurricanes in the fall. I touched on it a little bit earlier in the week. Mallory has size and ability to run after the catch. That should bode well for him as D’Eriq King looks to play even better than he did in 2020. Instead of playing  the backup role, he will now take center stage.

There are some big-time names on this watch list, and Mallory will certainly have a chance to stand out from the rest of the pack. With how open the Miami Hurricanes want to make their offense, Mallory should be able to have plenty of balls thrown his way. Mallory should figure to be a key part of the Miami hurricanes offense, and it will be interesting to see how he takes over the starting role.

He has as good a shot as anybody to win this award. If he can continue to be a dependable target like he was last season, he has a very good shot. Consistent production from the tight end spot will be key for Miami if they want to contend with the elite of college football.

Miami Hurricanes: Will Mallory has a chance to shine in lead role

It was evident last season that the Miami Hurricanes offense relied heavily on the tight end position. With Brevin Jordan having a good year in 2020, one player that really complemented him well was tight end Will Mallory.

Mallory caught 22 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns. With Jordan battling some injury issues last season, Mallory stepped up. He caught 22 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns. His best game of the season statistically came against Pittsburgh. In that contest, he caught two passes for 51 yards and two touchdowns.

Mallory was a second part of the dynamic duo that he and Jordan created. He immediately bolstered Miami’s depth at the tight end position when Jordan was out. Now, Mallory is going to have to take over that role with Jordan in the NFL, and not a lot of experienced depth behind him in Coral Gables.

His sure hands and ability to run after the football are reasons why I think he’ll fill the void left by Jordan. As soon as he catches the football, he is able to run downhill. We saw it a ton last year, particularly in the NC State game. in addition, he runs his routes well, and is able to track the football. We saw that in the Pittsburgh game last year, one where he really made the most of his opportunity.

That type of play style is exactly what Miami wants in their offense, and I think Mallory will be able to fit nicely in a lead role. To me,  the bigger challenge for the Miami Hurricanes is going to be who will step up in the secondary role Mallory was in last year. again, it’s not a question of talented depth for Miami, it’s a question of experience.

An injury did cost Mallory spring practices. With that being said, he should be ready for the start of fall camp. Miami certainly needs him to be ready to go.

The 2021 season could be a big one for Mallory. With how often the Miami Hurricanes use the tight end, Mallory should be able to have plenty of chances for success.

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2020 Miami Hurricanes Position Preview: Tight End

The 2020 Miami Hurricanes will field a tight end group that could turn heads.

The Hurricanes have many new faces this year, both on the field and patrolling the sideline.

One place the Hurricanes do have some continuity and carryover is at tight end, a group that could be on the precipice of greatness.

Incoming recruits and transfers have infused talent across the board.

With a revamped offense and a new dynamic signal caller, how will the 2020 Miami Hurricanes tight end group fare?

“Tight End U” in Good Hands

This season could be the time where one proven player rises to greater heights, while another builds on a strong finish.

Junior Brevin Jordan may be the most important player on the Hurricanes offense when the smoke clears.

Coming off first team All-ACC honors in 2019, Jordan should be a favorite target of projected starting quarterback D’Eriq King.

 

Jordan finished his sophomore campaign with only two touchdowns, yet was able to finish third on the team in receptions (35) and second in receiving yards (435).

This was despite missing three games and with a revolving door at quarterback.

Jordan showed in last year’s season opener against Florida he can get it done against elite competition.

 

Rhett Lashlee will use a variety of formations and personnel groups to get Jordan involved out of the spread offense.

With his open field abilities, Jordan should thrive this season.

Joining Jordan as a focus at the tight end spot is junior Will Mallory, who looks to build off a strong finish to last season.

Mallory should also have a lot of opportunities in Lashlee’s offense, his length and athleticism will be especially useful in the red zone.

Lashlee could run Mallory out at h-back to get him in space from the backfield, the options are limitless.

With the spread offense stretching opposing defenses boundary to boundary, Mallory should be able to feast on crossing routes.

 

Mallory was quiet in the first half of the year and finished with just 16 receptions for 293 yards and two touchdowns.

He had 13 of those receptions in four games after November, with a season high 93 yards on four catches against Duke.

Irvin II Could be a Sleeper

One more name to mention from the tight end group is junior Michael Irvin II.

We all know his pedigree but it has been tough for Irvin to get much run with Jordan and Mallory ahead of him.

At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds he could be a nice change of pace in a possession receiving type role. Perhaps he could see some more playing time in 2020 on a situational basis in some heavy sets.

Irvin finished the 2019 season with two catches for 33 yards, most of those on a 25-yard reception against FIU.

The Miami Hurricanes once again appear to have one of the best tight end rooms in college football.

Both Mallory and Jordan present matchup problems and will surely be a key part of the Hurricanes’ offense in 2020.

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