Florida State's Nick O'Leary wins Mackey Award as top tight end

Nick O'Leary caught 47 passes for 614 yards. (USATSI)
Nick O'Leary caught 47 passes for 614 yards. (USATSI)
Florida State tight end Nick O'Leary won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end, the award's organizers announced Wednesday.

The undefeated Seminoles' second-leading receiver with 47 receptions, 614 receiving yards and six touchdowns, O'Leary won the honor over fellow finalists Clive Walford of Miami and Maxx Williams of Minnesota.

“I'm honored to be chosen as the winner of the 2014 Mackey Award,” O’Leary said in a statement released by Florida State. “The Mackey Award is something that all tight ends dream of winning and I'd like to thank the committee and all the voters for selecting me. My coaches, teammates and family have given me great support and I want to thank them too. My goal has been to be one of the best there is out there. A lot of great players have won this award and I want to be able to carry on the tradition that comes with being a Mackey Award winner.”

A senior from Palm Beach, Fla., O'Leary was a finalist for the award in 2013. He is Florida State's all-time leader among tight ends in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.

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