Vanderbilt Football All-Decade Team: Tight End

The all-decade team will be released by position every other day.

The final spot on the offensive side of the ball is finally here!

Links to Articles for Previous Positions:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Offensive Line – Tackles
Offensive Line – Guards
Offensive Line – Center

Here is the All-Decade Team so far


Tight End

TE – Jared Pinkney (2015– 2019)

During his senior season, Pinkney was criminally underutilized. However, do not let his lackluster statistics during his senior year make you forget how talented and productive Pinkney really was.

In Pinkney’s redshirt Freshman season, he was an Athlon SEC All-Freshman and played in all 13 games, starting 6. He caught 22 passes for 274 yards and 2 touchdowns. Pinkney played in 12 games during his Sophomore season and recorded 22 receptions again with 273 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Pinkney exploded during his Junior year. He accumulated 50 receptions, the most by a Vanderbilt tight end since 1984, 774 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns. He had at least 3 catches in 12 out of 13 games that season.

His Senior season was a disappointment. A disjointed offense and lack of consistent quarterback play caused him to only record 20 receptions, 233 yards, and 2 touchdowns after much preseason hype. He was named a preseason 1st, 2nd, or 3rd team All-American in a myriad of publications. However, a subpar performance in the combine and the disappointing senior campaign caused Pinkney to go undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Pinkney signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Atlanta Falcons and I expect him to be an under the radar rookie who could make an immediate impact with the Falcons.

Watch some of Jared Pinkney’s career highlights below, they’re pretty awesome

Backup TE – Steven Scheu (2011-2015)

In 2012, his Freshman year, Scheu played in 12 games and started 7. He caught 8 passes for 48 years and 1 touchdown. During his Sophomore campaign he caught 9 passes for 123 yards and 1 TD.

Scheu had his best season as a Junior, earning All-SEC honors from the Associated Press. He started all 12 games and set career highs with 39 catches, 525 yards, and 4 touchdown receptions. Before his senior season he was nominated for the Wuerfell Trophy, William V. Campbell Trophy, and Senior CLASS Award. He played in 11 games and had 26 catches, 231 yards, and a touchdown.

Between 2016 and 2017 Scheu signed deals with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos but was never able to break into the rotation for either team.


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