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Boston Herald
Boston Herald
29 Apr 2023
Tribune News Service

NextImg:Hurricanes’ Will Mallory drafted by Indianapolis Colts

Will Mallory is the latest Miami Hurricanes tight end to reach the NFL.

Mallory, a five-year Miami veteran, was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round at pick No. 162 of the NFL draft on Saturday. He is the 22nd UM tight end to be picked in the draft, and the first since the Houston Texans picked Brevin Jordan in 2021.

“It’s the reason why I came here,” Mallory said Miami’s Pro Day.

“I wanted to be part of that tradition, that Tight End U tradition. There’s obviously great names that have been here before me and are currently doing it. Just honored to be a part of it and even to be considered in talks in there with them. Just to have the opportunity to continue playing is a dream come true for me. I want to keep trying to make the tradition proud.”

Mallory grew into one of the ACC’s top tight ends during his five seasons at Miami. Mallory is the son of longtime college football and NFL assistant coach Mike Mallory and was a four-star prospect coming out of Jacksonville Providence High. He picked the Hurricanes over offers from Alabama, Clemson, FSU and more.

The 6-foot-4, 239-pound tight end received limited playing time in his freshman season before gradually becoming a bigger part of UM’s offense. He racked up 1,544 career receiving yards — the second-most ever among Miami tight ends — with 14 career touchdowns.

Last season, Mallory led the Hurricanes with 538 receiving yards and had three touchdowns on 43 catches. Pro Football Focus gave him a 60.7 offensive grade with a 78.0 receiving grade, 75.2 pass-blocking grade and a 36.6 run-blocking grade.

Mallory ran a 4.54 second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, which was the fastest mark by any tight end this year. He said he’d at UM’s Pro Day in March that the team that picked him would get a player who is willing to do “whatever they ask.”

“They’re getting a guy who’s willing to do whatever they ask of, a guy who’s on offense, all phases of special teams, is more than willing to do whatever they ask for to help the team,” Mallory said. “That’s what I wanted to preach to all the teams and let them know that when you get me, I’m giving all I have and whatever you ask of me.”