#85 TE Elkanah Dillon - Redshirt Junior, 6’5”, 256 lbs.
That's Pronounced... El-CANE-uh. Or you can just call him by his nickname, Kano.
2016 Stats: Dillon played in 11 games. He started the first five, but after sitting out two games with an injury, he dropped to second string behind Mitchell Wilcox. Dillon made eight catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns. He scored on a 41-yard pass against Navy, and he was on the receiving end of USF’s last offensive play of the season, a 25-yard touchdown in overtime against South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl.
2015 Stats: As USF's third tight end behind seniors Sean Price and Marlon Pope, Dillon played in 10 games and caught nine passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns. The majority of his yards came in the season opener against Florida A&M, when he set the USF record for most receiving yards in a game by a tight end with 126 on four catches, including a 62-yard touchdown from Steven Bench. His other touchdown came on a fantastic catch against Memphis. (I'm sorry, but Mack Brown is part of this video.)
2014 Stats: Elkanah redshirted in 2014.
How He Came to USF: Elkanah played at Vanguard High School in Ocala. Even though he had never played football before his sophomore year, Dillon developed into a good pass-catching tight end, racking up 45 catches for 596 yards and six touchdowns his senior year. He had offers from Kentucky and Wisconsin and interest from Florida, but ultimately joined the Bulls' 2014 recruiting class.
Recruiting Rankings: 247 and Scout gave Dillon three stars. Rivals gave him two, and ESPN did not give him a star rating.