Tag:Mackey Award
Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Biletnikoff Award Watch List released

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Time for another preseason award Watch List.* This time it's for the Biletnikoff Award, handed out annually to the nation's best receiver.

Via No 2-Minute Warning, the full 75-player list:



A few knee-jerk reactions:

-- Yeah, it's the SEC, but the emphasis on the nation's strongest conference still seems a bit ... heavy. Duron Carter, who as of today still hasn't even enrolled at Alabama? Four different Arkansas receivers? (It's true, Cobi Hamilton would be the No. 1 guy on most teams ... but still.) Tavarres King, who caught all of 27 passes last season? (Then again, it's hard to say the SEC is really getting that much respect when Rueben Randle's name is so egregiously misspelled.)

-- As for snubs, Big East followers are up in arms over the exclusion of Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu, which makes some sense given his overall production as a receiver/rusher/even passer. Notre Dame's Theo Riddick could also wind up having a huge year, especially if Michael Floyd doesn't make it back from suspension. Other than that ... well, as you can see, it's a long list.

-- Louisiana-Lafayette's Ladarius Green was one of the nation's most prolific receivers last year at the Ragin' Cajuns' combo WR/TE spot ... which is how he's turned the rare trick of being nominated for both the Biletnikoff and Mackey Awards. Not bad for a Sun Belt player, huh?

*Hope you're getting used to it, because we've still got a bunch more coming down the pipe this week.


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: November 16, 2010 5:01 pm
 

Biletnikoff, Mackey semifinalists announced

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Linemen, defenders, running backs, and quarterbacks have all had their day in the "award announces smaller list of potential winners from larger list" sun, so now it's time for the guys that catch the ball. First, the 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award , given to the nation's outstanding wide receiver:

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

Randall Cobb, Kentucky

Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M

A.J. Green, Georgia

Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina

Julio Jones, Alabama

Aldrick Robinson, SMU

Greg Salas, Hawaii

Jordan White, Western Michigan


And the eight semifinalists for the Mackey Award , due the nation's top tight end:

George Bryan (Jr., North Carolina State)
Michael Egnew (Jr., Missouri)
Ladarius Green (Jr., Louisiana)
Daniel Hardy (Sr., Idaho)
Lance Kendricks (Sr., Wisconsin)
Allen Reisner (Sr., Iowa)
Luke Stocker (Sr., Tennessee)
D.J. Williams (Sr., Arkansas)

What's interesting about contrasting the two lists in how many names pop off the firts list and don't pop off the second one. Of course, of course, the first is wide receivers and the second is tight ends. But whereas Green, Jefferey, and Jones are all universally considered first-round talents and players like Blackmon, Broyles, Salas, and White are all putting together flatly ridiculous statistical seasons (oh, and Cobb is only leading the nation in all-purpose yardage, and incredible talents like Michael Floyd and Jeff Maehl didn't make it), the tight ends are ... well, they're around. The No. 1 TE in receiving yardage is Egnew, followed by Green, and neither is exactly a household name. The early draft projections don't feature any of the tight ends listed above ... or any at all.

It's probably a one-year fluke. But as with the lack of workhorse running backs among the nation's top offensive skill players , it also speaks to how dominant the spread offense has become in college football. There just aren't as many traditional tight ends playing college football ... and it appears to be having an impact on the quality of the position overall.
 
 
 
 
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