For San Jose State football, 2012 proved to be a banner year. For starters, the Spartans finished 10-2 in the regular season and cracked both the final top 25 poll and BCS top 25 rankings for the first time.
A big part of San Jose State’s success can be attributed to tight end Ryan Otten. Otten, a 2009 Del Oro High graduate, enjoyed a big season and was a semi-finalist for the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end.
The former Golden Eagle still has two more collegiate games on his schedule. Thursday, Dec. 27, the Spartans will line up at Washington D.C. in the Millitary Bowl against Bowling Green. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Then, on January 26, Otten will play in the National Football League sponsored Senior Bowl. Otten was one of the first nine participants selected for the game that is played in Mobile, Ala., and considered to be the the top post-season all star game with the most exposure to NFL scouts.
Otten has caught 44 passes for 706 yards and four touchdowns this season. He's San Jose State's career leader in receptions and yards for a tight end with 123 catches for 1,574 yards.
"It's an honor and it's exciting and it's cool," Otten said about his accolades. "Hopefully we'll have another good week this week. It helps us that we've been winning this year."
Professional scouts are always looking for big, athletic tight ends who can also catch, and Otten fits that description, although he has been flying mostly under the radar before this season..