Ole Miss Football: Transfer Prieskorn ranked as top 10 returning TE for 2023

Ole Miss football transfer tight end Caden Prieskorn has been ranked as one of the top 10 returning tight ends in college football for the 2023 season by Pro Football Focus.

Earlier this year we reported on Memphis tight end transfer Caden Prieskorn announcing his decision to transfer to Oxford for the 2023 season. Prieskorn was a John Mackey Award semifinalist, the award given to the nation’s best tight end in college football, last year for the Tigers.

At 6’5, 255 pounds, Prieskorn brings great size and blocking ability along with his pass-catching skills to Ole Miss football this fall. Last year he caught 48 passes for 602 yards and seven touchdowns.

Prieskorn has proven he is more than just a possession catcher though, as he tied for fourth in the country among all tight ends with 340 yards after the catch for the Tigers last season. Quarterbacks had a 133.7 passer rating when throwing his way, a number good enough for second in the country among all other tight ends with at least 50 targets. That stat trailed only Brock Bowers, the number one ranked tight end from Georgia.

He was also named second-team all-conference in the AAC last year along with being named first-team all-conference by Pro Football Focus. Prieskorn will be the favorite to start at tight end for Ole Miss football next season along with returning junior and former four-star prospect Michael Trigg.

After senior Casey Kelly announced his transfer to Oregon from Oxford last month, Prieskorn and Trigg will likely be the only two in real competition for the starting job.

The tight end position was a big hole for the Ole Miss offense last season so adding a talented player like Prieskorn will open up the possibilities for Lane Kiffin’s offense. Georgia’s Brock Bowers, FSU’s Jaheim Bell, and Ohio State’s Cade Stover were some other top names who made the list.