Average Size of College Football Tight Ends

Average Size of College Football Tight Ends (Height & Weight)

I’ve been a collegiate sports performance coach for 20 years. One thing I always loved doing was going through and checking out the sizes of the other teams in our conference.

It helped give me (and our staff) an idea of how we stacked up against our competition. It also could be used as motivation with our team both during the season and, often, during the following off-season.

So, this is essentially the same research I’ve always done, but now I’m sharing it with you. I took starting depth charts for each team in the FBS (a total of over 3000 players) going into the 2023 season and broke them down by position.

For this guide, I took an average of the heights and weights of the over 100 starting Tight Ends* across college football. In addition, I broke down the sizes of tight ends by conference and individual players.

Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random football knowledge.

Average Height of a College Football TE

The average height of a College Football Tight End is 76.49 inches (right at 6’4 1/2″).

Height of College Football Tight End 2023

Average Weight of a College Football TE

The average weight of a College Football Tight End is 245.02 pounds.

Weight of College Football Tight End 2023

Want to see how college football Tight Ends compare with the size of NFL Tight Ends? Good news, I’ve also run the numbers on the guys at the next level.

Which Conference Has the Tallest Tight Ends?

ConferenceAvg Height (Inches)
Big 1277.27
Big 1076.86
Mountain West76.58
Pac 1276.36
Sun Belt75.93
Conference USA75.86

Which Conference Has the Heaviest Tight Ends?

ConferenceAvg Weight
Big 10250.36
Big 12248.07
Pac 12245.93
Mountain West243.83
Conference USA241.25
Sun Belt240.71

Who Are the Tallest Tight Ends in College Football?

The size of the Tight End position seems to continue to grow every year with guys continuously getting bigger and more athletic.

There are 9 guys this year listed at 6’7″.

Maximilian Mang6’7″265Syracuse
Kole Taylor6’7″243West Virginia
Jared Wiley6’7″260TCU
Tyler Foster6’7″249Ohio
Keleki Latu6’7″230Nevada
Hudson Habermehl6’7″250UCLA
Keaton Upshaw6’7″250Georgia Southern
Brevyn Spann-Ford6’7″270Minnesota
Cole Spence6’7″243Vanderbilt

Who Are the Shortest?

Yes, there are a bunch of athletic trees out catching passes in college football, but not everyone is 6’7″.

There are 10 guys listed at 6’2″ or shorter still getting the job done.

Zach Fryar6’1″240UTEP
Corey Dyches6’2″215Maryland
Ahmon Green6’2″240Georgia State
Cole Cavallo6’2″232Southern Miss
Brant Kuithe6’2″220Utah
Greyson Morgan6’2″230Hawaii
Gino Campiotti6’2″225UMass
Jamauri Chislom6’2″260Memphis
DJ Donovan6’2″240Navy
Bryce Damous6’2″240UAB

Who are the Heaviest Tight Ends in College Football?

There are some monster tight ends in college football that basically look like athletic tackles. Here are the six biggest, all weighing over 260 pounds.

Oscar Cardenas6’4″285UTSA
Brevyn Spann-Ford6’7″270Minnesota
Maximillian Mang6’7″265Syracuse
Tip Reiman6’5″265Illinois
Jalin Conyers6’4″265Arizona State
Theo Johnson6’6″264Penn State

Who are the Lightest?

Not all Tight Ends look like tackles though. Some even blur the line between the larger receivers in college football.

Here are the five lightest, all listed at 220 pounds or less.

Christian Lee6’3″214North Texas
Corey Dyches6’2″215Maryland
RJ Maryland6’4″217SMU
Brant Kuithe6’2″220Utah
Nate Jones6’3″220Louisiana Tech

Important Notes

As a former sports scientist, I tend to take data pretty seriously so I must stress that these ‘averages’ should be used for entertainment purposes only.

Why do I say that?

There are multiple issues that can make all the data in this article flawed.

First and foremost, it’s pretty commonplace in athletics to lie about heights and weights. I once worked at a school where it was standard procedure to add an inch and 5 to 10 pounds to almost every player on the roster.


The best answer that I was ever given is that it could potentially help with NFL scouting. However, I can’t imagine in 2023 that anyone is fooling an NFL scout with the size listed in a program. I think the real answer is it’s just part of the culture in sports.

*I used the heights and weights of all the projected starters leading into Week 0. Whether it’s through injury or performance, starters can and will change throughout the season.

In fact, it took me a week to gather all these numbers and by the time I was done I would bet that there were at least a couple of starting positions that had already changed hands.

And, if a couple of 6’6″ 260-pound players are swapped out with a couple of 6’2″ 220-pound players, the sample size is small enough that this could substantially affect the overall averages.

Finally, I can tell you for a fact that players’ weights can fluctuate pretty wildly from week to week and sometimes even day to day and, especially, over the course of a season.

Just because a guy weighed 235 on the first day of camp when weights were put in the program, does not mean that’s what he weighs in Week 8.

So, have fun with the data above, but this is just a reminder to not take the numbers too seriously.

More Info

I also broke down the sizes of Quarterbacks across college football that you can check out.

Or, if you really want to have your mind blown, check out the best tight end 40 times that some of these big guys have put up at the NFL Combine over the years.

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