2017 was a rough year for BYU football, but it did at least introduce us to what appears to be BYU’s next great tight end.
USA Today announced Tuesday morning that tight end Matt Bushman was named to its Freshman All-American team.
In addition to being the best freshman tight end in the country, Bushman was also one of the best tight ends in the country, regardless of class. Bushman finished with 49 receptions for 520 yards, which were 5th and 6th, respectively, for all tight ends in the country. He also added 3 touchdown catches on the year.
Bushman did this all right off his LDS church mission, so we can hope that a full offseason of conditioning will yield even better results in 2018.
With all the change that is happening in BYU’s offensive staff, it is nice knowing that BYU will have one of the nation’s top tight ends leading the charge as a sophomore in 2018.
For a position that has been underutilized and an afterthought since Dennis Pitta and Andrew George graduated in 2009, it is nice seeing another tight end at BYU that is among the nation’s best.