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Offensive Player To Watch: Charlie Kolar

The nation’s best tight end will have a day!

NCAA Football: Kansas at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Motivation works in many ways. This week, Charlie Kolar was left off the John Mackey finalists list for the nations best tight end. Not only is he better than all three of the finalist, his stats are better than all three of the finalist combined! Crazy world we live in!

Entering the final week of the regular season, Kolar has 47 catches for 649 yards and seven touchdowns. 35 of those receptions have gone for first downs or touchdowns, including 13 on third or fourth down. Among tight ends, Kolar ranks 5th nationally in receiving yards per game, 4th in receptions and tied for 5th in touchdown receptions.

Kolar enters the last game of the season against Kansas State holding Iowa State’s single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end and ranks second for single-season receptions by a tight end (he needs 7 more to break that).

There is nothing on Kansas State that sticks out to make me believe that Charlie Kolar will have a big game. I simply have a feeling that the man will be motivated by being left off the list, though he probably wouldn’t say it publicly. Kolar has been nothing short of a force a season. Whether Iowa State needed a big first down conversion or a timely score, Kolar always seems to find himself in that position. Now Iowa State finds themselves needing a win to send the Cyclones to another big bowl and 8 win regular season.