Nov. 22, 2010
• Mackey Award finalists
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin senior tight end Lance Kendricks has been named one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced on Monday. The award is given annually to the nation’s top tight end.
Kendricks leads Wisconsin with 35 receptions, 547 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns.
Earlier this season, Kendricks became the first Badger since Travis Beckum in 2007 to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games when he tallied 103 receiving yards and one TD on six catches vs. Austin Peay one week after a career-high seven receptions for 131 yards and one score in win over Arizona State. Kendricks won consecutive John Mackey Tight End of the Week honors for those two games.
Among the finalists, who are Michael Egnew of Missouri and D.J. Williams of Arkansas, Kendricks leads with 15.6 yards per catch and is tied with Egnew and Williams with his four touchdown receptions.
With 74 receiving yards at Michigan, Kendricks became the 23rd player in school history to go over 1,000 career receiving yards. He currently sits 21st with 1,044 yards.
No Badger has won the Mackey Award, though Beckum was a semifinalist in 2006 and a finalist in 2007.
The three finalists were determined by confidential balloting of the John Mackey Selection Committee. The 2010 recipient of "The Mackey" will be presented live at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show Dec. 9, 2010, at 5 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU.