Indiana’s junior tight end, Ted Bolser, has been selected as one of the nation’s preseason favorites to take home the John Mackey Award for the nation’s premier tight end. After a fantastic freshman year, Bolser has been selected for the Mackey preseason “Watch List” two consecutive seasons. TB recorded 27 catches for 407 yards and 5 touchdowns in that freshman campaign.
Last year, Bolser’s numbers dropped off significantly, most likely due to the loss of veteran QB Ben Chappell. He recorded only 14 catches for 165 yards and one score in 12 appearances. These numbers are slightly less alarming than you would think, considering Bolser faced tight coverage in a weak WR corps and had limited talent at the QB position.
This is a great honor for Bolser and I would think he’d be poised for another breakout season. With another full year of practice under his belt, and hopefully some more chemistry with his quarterback (or quarterbacks, who knows), Bolser should be the go-to guy down in the redzone, assuming the Hoosiers find themselves there once in a while.
This is definitely a difficult patch for Hoosiers football, but it seems as if things are on the up-and-up under new head coach, Kevin Wilson. Either way, it’s nice to see the talent on the team is still getting some national recognition despite the team’s struggles. Good luck to Ted this season in his pursuit of the John Mackey Award for the nation’s top tight end. The Mackey Award winner will be announced in early December.