Lincoln – University of Nebraska tight end Kyler Reed became the latest Husker football player named to a watch list, as the John Mackey Award announced its official list for the nation’s top tight ends on Tuesday.
Reed enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign for the Huskers in 2010, catching 22 passes for 395 yards and eight touchdowns while leading the Huskers with an average of 18 yards per catch. His eight TD receptions matched the school record for tight ends and was the fourth-highest total in school history. Reed became more of a factor as the season progressed, catching multiple passes in seven of the Huskers’ final eight games, including four grabs and two TDs against Colorado.
Reed is one of seven Big Ten players on the 34-member watch list. The Mackey Award will trim the list to eight semifinalists on Nov. 14 while the three finalists will announced on Nov. 21. The winner will be announced during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8.
The John Mackey Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding tight end in college football. In addition to demonstrating outstanding athletic prowess on the field, the award also stands for positive sportsmanship-like behavior, good academic standing & exceptional leadership abilities.