Mark Philbrick, BYU
10 Byron Rex (1990-92) 1,209 yards
Mark Philbrick, BYU

Named an UPI Second Team All-American in 1992, Rex was also a twice named to the All-WAC First Team. He racked up 119 yards in two bowl games. Rex had a total of seven career touchdowns.

9 Trevor Molini (1985-86) 1,231 yards
BYU

Molini's career highlights include being named WAC offensive player of the week on October 21, 1985 and playing for the Cougars in the 1985 Citrus Bowl. Molini was originally from Sparks, Nev.

8 Darren Handley (1986-88) 1,244 yards
BYU

The Sandy native led BYU in receiving yards in 1987 after backing up Molini for two years. He also gained 71 yards in two Freedom Bowls and one All-American Bowl. Handley had five career touchdowns.

7 Chad Lewis (1993-96) 1,376 yards
Mark Philbrick, BYU

Lewis came to BYU after his mission for the LDS Church and became a walk-on. He was first noticed when he made a one-handed catch during the Holiday Bowl in 1993. A do-it-all kind of player, caught 10 touchdown passes while blocking five kicks on special teams. Lewis had a 8-year career in the NFL — almost entirely with the Philadelphia Eagles — scoring 23 touchdowns.

6 Clay Brown (1977-80) 1,691 yards
Mark Philbrick, BYU

Known for catching the game-winning touchdown in the Miracle Bowl, Brown piled up 302 yards in three Holiday Bowls. He scored 20 touchdowns in his career, three of which came in that famous game. He also led the WAC in scoring in 1980 and also led the nation in punting in 1979. Brown went on to play in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos.

5 Jonny Harline (2004-06) 1,742 yards
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Speaking of players with famous catches, Harline scored 17 touchdowns in his Cougar career — including three in the 2006 rivalry game vs. Utah. He scored eight touchdowns as a freshman at Ricks College, one of the last to play for the Vikings' football program. During his senior year he was named best tight end in the nation by CBS Sportsline.

4 Itula Mili (1994-96) 1,763 yards
Corky Trewin, NFL photos

A very solid NFL player in his own right, Mili was Chad Lewis' understudy for his first two seasons at BYU. As a junior year he was named ABC MVP for the Air Force game. He had an outstanding senior year, leading the nation for nine consecutive weeks in receptions and receiving yards among tight ends. He was also named First Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association that year. Mili was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, where he racked up 1,743 yards in 10 seasons.

3 Chris Smith (1988-90) 2,367 yards
Gary McKellar, Deseret News archives

His 1,156 yards in one season was NCAA record for tight ends for nearly 15 years. Named to the First-team All-WAC two years in a row, he was a consensus All-American in 1990. He played in two Holiday Bowls and had a total of 170 yards; he was the co-player of the game in 1990. Smith was an 11th round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, but didn't play in the NFL.

2 Gordon Hudson (1980-83) 2,484 yards
Mark Philbrick, BYU

He holds NCAA records for most passes caught per game by a tight end (5.4), most career yards per game by a tight end (75.3) and most yards in a game by a tight end (259 vs. Utah). He was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

1 Dennis Pitta (2004, 2007-09) 2,901 yards
August Miller, Deseret News archives

Pitta is looking to moving his NFL career to the next level after Todd Heap left the Baltimore Ravens. He began his career at BYU by leading tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdown receptions. During his sophomore year, he let Mountain West Conference tight ends with 59 reception. His junior year he broke a MWC record for receiving with 213 yards against Northern Iowa. His senior year, he was a finalist for the John Mackey Award. He not only led BYU in tight end receiving yards, but also led the nation for tight ends receiving yards per game. Most impressively, Pitta caught a pass in 43 consecutive games.