Tag:John Mackey Award
Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 12:40 pm

John Mackey passes away

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Former Syracuse and Baltimore Colts tight end John Mackey died Wednesday night. He was 69.

Mackey, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame, was also a former NFLPA president and helped fight for health care rights for NFL players, especially those who suffered from dementia as Mackey did during the latter years of his life.

"John Mackey was one of the great leaders in NFL history, on and off the field," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "He was a Hall of Fame player who redefined the tight end position. He was a courageous advocate for his fellow NFL players as head of the NFL Players Association. He worked closely with our office on many issues through the years, including serving as the first president of the NFL Youth Football Fund. He never stopped fighting the good fight."

“John Mackey's passing is extremely difficult news for all of us," added Syracuse Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross. "John was a true hero, an icon, and a leader in the world. Our hearts go out to his lovely wife, Sylvia, and his family. His impact on Syracuse will never be forgotten as his legacy will last forever. We salute and celebrate John's amazing life, as he has touched us all. God bless John Mackey.”

Mackey was also the inspiration for college football's John Mackey Award, which is given out by the Nassau County Sports Commission every season to the best tight end in college football. The watch list for the 2011 Mackey Award was released Wednesday

Posted on: July 6, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 1:31 pm

Mackey Award watch list released

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's Watch List Week in college football as the games most prominent postseason awards have begun releasing their preseason watch lists. Yesterday we found out who to keep an eye on for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards, and on Wednesday we've got the 34 candidates for the John Mackey Award.

The John Mackey Award is given annually by the Nassau County Sports Commission to the nation's best tight end. The award is named for John Mackey, the former Syracuse tight end and NFL Hall of Famer with the Baltimore Colts. Last year's recipient was Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams.

Dwayne Allen, Clemson, Jr
Brandon Barden, Vanderbilt, Sr
Tim Biere, Kansas, Sr
Ted Bolser, Indiana, So
George Bryan, NC State, Sr
Orson Charles, Georgia, Jr
Josh Chichester, Louisville, Sr
Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky, Jr
Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern, Sr
Kyle Efaw, Boise St, Sr
Michael Egnew, Missouri, Sr
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, So
Rhett Ellison, USC, Sr
Coby Fleener, Stanford, Sr
Ladarius Green, Louisiana, Sr
Ryan Griffin, Connecticut, Jr
Joe Halahuni, Oregon State, Sr
Cooper Helfet, Duke, Sr
D.C. Jefferson, Rutgers, Jr
Kevin Koger, Michigan, Sr
Eric Lair, Minnesota, Sr
Brian Linthicum, Michigan State, Sr
Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, Jr
Anthony Miller, Cal, Sr
Chris Pantale, Boston College, Jr
David Paulson, Oregon, Sr
Colter Phillips, Virginia, Jr
Nick Provo, Syracuse, Sr
Lucas Reed, New Mexico, Jr
Kyler Reed, Nebraska, Jr
Evan Rodriguez, Temple, Sr
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State, Jr
Michael Williams, Alabama, Jr
Luke Wilson, Rice, Jr 
Posted on: September 22, 2010 2:45 pm

Wisconsin's Kendricks named TE of the Week

Posted by Chip Patterson

It took dependable play on both sides of the ball for Wisconsin to escape with a 20-19 victory over Arizona State on Saturday in Madison.  The Badgers found themselves pinned against the ropes thanks to some big special teams plays from the Sun Devils.  Thankfully for the Badgers, quarterback Scott Tolzien could depend on senior tight end Lance Kendricks.

Kendricks finished the game with seven catches for 131 yards, accounting for more than half of Wisconsin's passing.  His touchdown catch with ten seconds left in the second quarter helped finish a 12 play, 71 yard drive to put the Badgers back in the lead just before halftime.  His performance won the praise of coaches and teammates alike, and now has been named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week.

The honor is different from the John Mackey Award, given annually at season-end to the most outstanding tight end in Division I-A football.  The weekly award was started in 2004 to honor the play of tight ends during the active season.  Kendricks beat out Charlie Gantt of Michigan State and Michael Egnew of Missouri in Week 3.  Previous Tight End of the Week honorees have been Kyle Rudolph of Notre Dame and Virgil Green of Nevada

Having a reliable receiving option like Kendricks is crucial to identify heading into conference play.  The Badgers are currently one of six ranked teams from the Big Ten, and the gauntlet will begin October 2 against Michigan State in East Lansing.  The 6-4, 241 pound Kendricks is leading the team in receptions and yards on the season, and has caught both of Tolzien's touchdown passes.  So much of Wisconsin's offense focuses on star running back John Clay, Kendricks has been able to slip past defenses and provide Tolzien a great option out of the play action.

Wisconsin will take on Austin Peay at home on Saturday, it will be their last non-conference game of the regular season.  

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