University of Minnesota tight end Brandon Lingen was named to the 2016 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List today. The award is given annually to most outstanding collegiate tight end.
The junior from Wayzata, Minn., played in 12 games last year and started 10. He caught 33 passes for 428 yards and three touchdowns. Lingen had two 100-yard receiving games last year and was named Minnesota's Tight End of the Year and All-Big Ten Honorable Mention. Lingen was also named CoSIDA Academic All-America second team and Academic All-Big Ten.
Lingen caught the first and second touchdown of him career at Purdue last year. He also caught five passes for a career-high 111 yards against Michigan (fourth-most by a Gopher tight end since 1950 and most by a tight end since Ben Utecht had 104 against Wisconsin in 2001). Lingen scored one touchdown and caught six passes for 105 yards at Iowa. His two 100-yard receiving games last year (111 vs Michigan and 106 at Iowa) made him the first Gopher tight end to have two 100-yard games in the same season since at least 1950.
The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2016 Mackey Award recipient will be announced on Dec. 7, 2016, and then presented live on Dec. 8, 2016 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show.
NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.
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