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Minnesota tight ends Brandon Lingen and Nate Wozniak were named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award today. The award is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end and the recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.
Lingen was limited to three games last season as he battled injuries, but caught three passes for 28 yards and was also named Academic All-Big Ten. Lingen had a breakout season in 2015 when he caught 33 passes for 428 yards in 12 games. Three of his catches resulted in touchdowns and he also had two 100-yard receiving games. Lingen was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention, CoSIDA Academic All-America second team and Academic All-Big Ten.
Wozniak saw his role expand in 2016, as he filled in admirably for Lingen. The 6-10 Indiana native started all 13 games and made 13 catches for 135 yards. He also blocked for an offense that rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns, which was the most for the Maroon and Gold since 2005. Wozniak started 12 of 13 games in 2015 and caught eight passes for 75 yards.
Minnesota’s Matt Spaeth won the Mackey Award in 2006, while Maxx Williams was one of three finalists in 2014.
The 2017 Mackey Award winner will be announced on December 6 and then presented live on December 7 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU. The Mackey Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 23 awards boast over 745 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org for more information. The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Seventeen of the association’s 23 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates. Following is the entire 2017 preseason watch list calendar:
July 10: Richardson, Smith on Bednarik, Maxwell Watch List
July 11: Mackey Award / Rimington Trophy
July 12: Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award
July 13: Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy
July 14: Jim Thorpe Award
July 17: Butkus Award / Paul Hornung Award
July 18: Biletnikoff Award / Wuerffel Trophy
July 19: Davey O’Brien Award
July 20: Doak Walker Award
July 21: Walter Camp Award
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