The John Mackey Award, given to college football’s best tight end, released a list of eight semifinalists today, which will be whittled down to three finalists on November 25.
In a surprising turn of events, the Mackey Award committee has finally included the nation’s best tight end, Jace Amaro.
Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro leads all tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards. In fact, he’s second in the country among all receivers with 92 receptions and ranks sixth with 1,157 yards. Only Marshall’s Gator Hoskins (9) and Florida State’s Nick O’Leary (7) have more touchdown catches as tight ends than Amaro (6).
North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, widely considered one of the frontrunners for the Mackey Award, has just 49 receptions for 763 yards and three touchdowns. Even he recognizes Amaro’s superiority.
According to a report from Fox Sports Southwest’s David Ubben, the Mackey Award originally declined to include Amaro on the initial watch-list, even though he repeatedly lines up in a three point stance and is considered a top NFL draft pick at his position.
Amaro is now on two national award watch-lists, including the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s best receiver) with fellow Red Raider Eric Ward.
It’s about time, @JohnMackeyAward.