Texas Tech TE Amaro named semifinalist for Mackey Award

The Mackey Award has officially changed its mind.

Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro was named one of eight semifinalists for the award on Monday morning. It is given annually to college football’s top tight end.

He also made the list of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to college football’s best wide receiver. Baylor’s Antwan Goodley also made the list.

Amaro was excluded from the preseason and midseason watch lists. A source familiar with the situation told Fox Sports Southwest last month that ex-Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville’s staff wanted Amaro classified as only a wide receiver so he was eligible for the Biletnikoff in 2012. When Kliff Kingsbury’s staff arrived in 2013, it asked for him to be reclassified as a tight end. The award committee originally declined.

About a week and a half ago, the Mackey Award committee requested game film of Amaro, according to a source familiar with the situation. Texas Tech provided the film for the Mackey committee to assess.

Amaro leads the Big 12 with 1,157 yards and six touchdowns on a Big 12-best 92 catches. No other player in the Big 12 has more than 72 catches.