With the season formally wrapped up, and the Heisman Trophy awarded, it’s time for the opposite awards to be handed out, and Gators tight finish Kyle Pitts is among the many receiving one. Tonight, Pitts was awarded the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s prime tight finish.
The 2 different finalists had been Charlie Kolar (JR, Iowa State) and Jalen Wydermeyer (SO, Texas A&M).
Pitts was additionally named a Walter Camp First Group All-American tight finish, making him a unanimous First Group All-American, chosen the Related Press, Walter Camp Soccer Basis, Sporting Information, the FWAA and the AFCA. Pitts joins linebacker Brandon Spikes (2008), Joe Haden (2009), and Vernon Hargreaves III (2015) as the one gamers in UF historical past to earn unanimous All-American honors.
Ultimately, it wasn’t shut who can be honored as the very best tight finish in school soccer. Pitts was simply the very best offensive participant on the Florida soccer staff this season and was instrumental to its success for almost all of the season. On all areas of the sector, Pitts merely dominated.
On the yr, Pitts collected 43 receptions for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was in a position to accomplish this enjoying in solely seven-and-a-half video games (Pitts didn’t play within the second half towards the Georgia Bulldogs because of damage). The junior tight finish would turn out to be one of many best in Florida historical past after breaking the college document for many yards set a 2007-09 Gators tight finish (1,382 yards).
Over three years, Pitts has gone for 1,492 yards.
Shortly following the Gators’ 52-46 loss towards the Alabama Crimson Tide within the SEC Championship Sport, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound tight finish formally introduced his intentions to forego his senior season at Florida, declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.
He’s thought draft analysts to be the very best tight finish within the draft and might be taken as excessive as 10th general.
Close to the beginning of the season, Gators head coach Dan Mullen praised Pitts for being a “unicorn,” a participant that’s nearly unguardable.
“He’s obtained large athletic capability to go catch the ball, and as I believe all people noticed, he’s actually developed significantly better as a blocker this offseason. Whenever you mix these issues defensively, who do you placed on him,” Mullen requested in Sept. 2020.
“It’s like we talked, he’s form of a unicorn, proper? So except you’ve a unicorn on protection to match the unicorn on offense – you’ve obtained to have a man that, there’s not loads of them on the market, they’re form of very, very uncommon to ever see one – do you’ve a 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker than can run with him?”
Over the course of the season, it was made clear that almost all, if not the entire competitors that Pitts finally confronted had been unable to protect him. A real unicorn, Pitts has been awarded the best honor, the very best tight finish within the nation.