Thursday, April 27, 2023

Former USD tight end goes from one year of prep football to NFL prospect

Before becoming one of the top tight end prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft, Dalton Kincaid had only played football as a senior in high school. His main focus was basketball, where he helped his AAU squad win a national championship. Despite this, he was able to earn an all-state selection and showcase his athletic ability on the field which landed him a spot on the University of San Diego football team in 2018. 

The true freshman started three of 12 games for the Toreros and hauled in 11 touchdown grabs. His breakout game came in USD’s playoff loss to Nicholls State, where Kincaid recorded six catches for 87 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.

Kincaid's impressive performance continued in 2019, where he scored eight more times and averaged 19 yards per reception in 12 appearances, earning him a third-team AP FCS All-American selection. 

He transferred to Utah in 2020, but it was in 2021 that he really stood out, leading the Utes with eight touchdown receptions and starting 13 of 14 games played, earning an All-Pac-12 honorable mention. In his senior year, Kincaid continued to impress NFL scouts, catching 70 passes for 890 yards and eight scores, and earning another third-team All-American honor from the Associated Press.

Kincaid is projected to be a first-round pick, which would be a first for a former USD player.

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