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UTEP's Eric Tomlinson Named To Mackey Award Watch List

After a solid 2013 season, Eric Tomlinson is a huge key to the Miners offense, and now is a Mackey Award Watch List member.

Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sp

UTEP's Eric Tomlinson was named to the Mackey Award Watch list for title of the best tight end in the country.

Tomlinson led all UTEP tight ends with 30 catches last season, which were the most by a UTEP tight end since the 2008 season. 

The former 3-star recruit out of Klien High School will be relied upon more this season after the departure of the Miners' leading receiver for the past two seasons Jordan Leslie.  Tomlinson was a focal point during this past spring, as well as last season's spring workouts, and has progressed to a reliable, and uber productive target.

Tomlinson became a huge security blanket down the stretch of the season with his ability to get open across the middle, during the spring game Tomlinson ran more routes down the field and looked very fluid in what to me was a new role for him route running wise.

He had only caught 10 total passes in first two seasons, and after a 30 catch season last year which ranked in the top-five in the conference, Tomlinson just may have a Brian Natkin-esk season in 2014 with a healthy Jameill Showers tossing the rock around.

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