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ESPN ranks ASU as Top 10 school to produce tight ends

Todd Heap #80 of the Arizona State Sun Devils celebrates the touchdown during a game against the USC Trojans at the LA Coliseum in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 6, 1999. The Sun Devils defeated the Trojans 26-16. (Steve Grayson / Allsport)

Arizona State is one of the top schools in the country when it comes to producing tight ends, according to ESPN. put a list together of top 10 schools that produced the most talent at eight positions.

ASU was ranked No. 8 at the tight end position.

Three notable players ESPN included from ASU were Todd Heap, Brian Jennings and Zach Miller.

Heap played for the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens for 12 years before retiring in 2012. He went to the Pro Bowl twice in his NFL career racking up 5,859 total yards and 42 touchdowns.

Jennings played for the San Francisco 49ers for 13 seasons and was selected to two Pro Bowls.

In nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders, Miller had 20 total touchdowns and 3,804 receiving yards, including a Pro Bowl season in 2010.

Miami was ranked No. 1 with big names at tight ends such as Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham and Jeremy Shockey.

In second was Iowa who recently became the first school to have two tight ends chosen in the first 20 picks of the NFL Draft after Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson were selected in June.

Notably, two Pac-12 schools were ahead of ASU in this ranking. Stanford came in at No. 3 with Zach Ertz, Coby Fleener and Austin Hooper as their notable players. UCLA ranked No. 7 listing players such as Bryan Fletcher, Marcedes Lewis and Caleb Wilson.


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