PHILADELPHIA – Temple senior tight end Evan Rodriguez
(North Bergen, N.J.) is one of 25 players named to the 2011 John Mackey Award Mid-season Watch List, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced on Monday.
The mid-season list is meant to draw attention to tight ends in contention for the annual award based on their performance in the first half of the active season.
Named to the award's original Watch List in July, Rodriguez has started six games this fall. He has 281 yards and a touchdown on 19 receptions while helping the Owls to a 5-2 record. A 2010 first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection and ECAC All-Star, Rodriguez was recently named a mid-season Honorable Mention All-American and first-team All-MAC honoree by Phil Steele.
The 2011 John Mackey winner will be presented live at the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on December 8, 2011, at 6 p.m. EST on ESPNU.
The John Mackey Award, established in 2001, is awarded annually to the most outstanding tight end in FBS 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.
The award recipient is determined by confidential balloting of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee, which is composed of respected members of the media and former NFL players.
Temple (5-2, 3-1 MAC) travels to Bowling Green (3-4, 1-2 MAC) on Oct. 22 for a 3:30 p.m. contest at Doyt Perry Stadium. The Buckeye Cable Sports Network will televise the game throughout Ohio. Flagship WPHT (1210 AM) will carry the game on the radio in Philadelphia.
2011 John Mackey Award Mid-season Watch List
Dwayne Allen, Clemson, Jr.
Tim Biere, Kansas, Sr.
George Bryan, NC State, Sr.
Orson Charles, Georgia, Jr.
Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky, Jr.
Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern, Sr.
Michael Egnew, Missouri, Sr.
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, So.
Gavin Escobar, San Diego State, So.
Joseph Fauria, UCLA, Jr.
Coby Fleener, Stanford, Sr.
Matt Furstenberg, Maryland, Jr.
Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State, So.
Ladarius Green, Louisiana, Sr.
Ryan Griffin, Connecticut, Jr.
Cooper Helfet, Duke, Sr.
Ryan Otten, San Jose State, Jr.
Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin, So.
Nick Provo, Syracuse, Sr.
Kyler Reed, Nebraska, Jr.
Michael Rivera, Tennessee, Jr.
, Temple, Sr.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington, Fr.
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State, Jr.
Luke Willson, Rice, Jr.