Working the Middle

Jace Amaro is a big target for both Texas Tech quarterbacks and opposing defenses.

While everybody seems to have an opinion on who should start at quarterback for Texas Tech, Jace Amaro will be a huge target for whoever gets the majority of the snaps behind center.

For right now that is freshman Baker Mayfield, who has looked early and often for his tight end down the middle of the field. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Amaro leads the Red Raiders in both catches (20) and yards (281) to go along with one touchdown.

He's a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, and may very well be one of the reasons running backs Kenny Williams and DeAndre Washington have been able to shake loose for long catch-and-runs.

Amaro, who was recently added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List (which is given annually to the best receiver in the nation), is also a big target for opposing defenses who repeatedly pound away at the giant's ribs when he leaps for high throws.

Despite the punishment he continues to take from working the middle of the field and a serious rib injury suffered last year against West Virginia, Amaro said he isn't going to shy away from contact.

"After that hit I had last year, I feel like it took me a couple weeks to finally get over it," Amaro said. "I feel like I should go over the middle and if the ball is thrown to me I'm going to go up there and try to catch it, whether there's a guy right there about to hit me [or not]."

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