Physical Specimen

Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro explains what's allowing him to produce at a higher level this season.

There are not many collegiate tight ends in the country that possess the combination of size, strength and speed of Texas Tech's Jace Amaro.

Amaro, who is listed as 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, is a force on the field and opposing defenses feel that when they try to take him down after a catch or attempt to cover him.

"I think the strength and conditioning guys did a really good job with us in the summer," Amaro said about what has helped improve his yards after catch stats. "We're a lot more powerful. I'm a little quicker than I was last season and I'm in a little better shape than I was."

The 2012 season ended early for Amaro after suffering a rib injury in the West Virginia victory, which forced him to sit out the final six games of the regular season. Amaro returned for the Meineke Car Care Bowl, but was ejected for throwing a punch.

So far in his junior campaign, Amaro has played in all four games, to some extent, playing only one half against SMU and Stephen F. Austin in the first two weeks. Amaro is still leading all Red Raider wide receivers in every receiving category besides touchdowns.

"I'm just going out there playing as hard as I can," Amaro said. "Trying to catch every ball that's thrown my way and I don't even know how many yards I have but I just feel like I need to score a couple more touchdowns, and that's on me. I know I get a lot of coverage thrown my way, but I plan on fixing that, I plan on going out there having fun and playing like this is my last year."

If this is the final season for the Red Raider tight end, if he decides to forgo his senior campaign to pursue a career in the NFL, the San Antonio native is off to a good start in leaving his mark at Tech.

Through the first four games Amaro has tallied 29 catches for 367 yards and one touchdown. He's also averaging 12.7 yards per catch and 91.8 yards per contest.

With the kinds of numbers he's been putting up, Amaro said he doesn't mind being targeted so much if it's what the coaches want to do.

"I know Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury has a lot of faith in me to make plays, and I've got to make every play," he said. "If we plan on winning the Big 12 Championship I really need to go out there and make sure that I make every single play out there. I take a lot of pride in playing every single snap. I know a lot of people think that I get tired, but I really don't. We go so fast, I just think getting targeted that much is a very good complement for me."

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