Will Mallory can set Miami Hurricanes TE records with big season

Nov 6, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Will Mallory enters the 2022 season with Miami Hurricanes receiving records for a tight end within reach if he has a big season. Mallory enters the 2022 season with 73 receptions for 1,006 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns in his Miami career. Mallory needs 48 receptions, 747 yards and three TDs to set the Miami TE records.

Clive Walford holds all three Miami Hurricanes TE records with 121 career receptions for 1753 yards and 14 TDs from 2011 through 2014. Mallory is entering his fifth Miami Hurricanes season after being granted an extra year of eligibility to every college football player during the 2020 season impacted by Covid.

Mallory set career highs with 30 receptions and 347 receiving yards in 2021 and tied his career best with four TD receptions in 2021. The reception record for a Miami Hurricanes TE is within reach if Mallory can stay healthy and hold off rising sophomore Elijah Arroyo and freshman Jaleel Skinner for targets.

The yardage record seems like a reach for Mallory. Another year reaching four TDs would make Mallory the all-time leader for a Miami TE. Mallory should surpass the numbers Brevin Jordan had for Miami from 2018 through 2020. Jordan and Mallory both signed with Miami in the Class of 2018.

Jordan finished his three-year Miami career with 105 receptions for 1,358 yards and 13 TDs. Jordan was the 33rd ranked player and top TE in the Class of 2018. Mallory was the 211th ranked player and eighth TE in 2018. Jrodan and Mallory were expected to become a difficult matchup for opponents when they signed together.

Injuries for both players never allowed Jordan and Mallory to become the lethal tandem they were expected to be for Miami. Arroyo, Mallory and Skinner have the opportunity to create different formations for new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. Arroyo was the seventh ranked TE in 2021. Skinner was the third TE in 2022.

Arroyo had five receptions for 86 yards and a TD last season. The TD came against Pittsburgh in a game that Mallory three receptions for 66 yards and a TD. Arroyo, Mallory and Skinner all have the ability to split out wide or lineup on the line of scrimmage. Mallory lined up in the slot most often in 2021.

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Entering his final season in college, it is critical for Mallory to maximize his potential ahead of the 2023 NFL Combine and Draft. With a big season, Mallory will ensure getting a critical combine invitation. Expect Mallory to be pished by Arroyo and Skinner throughout the 2022 Miami season.