Six Big Ten players named to Mackey Award list
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
The tight end position will be a strength in the Big Ten this season, and the Nassau County Sports Commission seems to agree.
Those are the folks that sponsor the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end. The Mackey Award watch list came out today, and it included six players from the Big Ten.
- Jake Ballard, Sr., Ohio State
- Charlie Gantt, Jr., Michigan State
- Garrett Graham, Sr., Wisconsin
- Michael Hoomanawanui, Sr., Illinois
- Tony Moeaki, Sr., Iowa
- Andrew Quarless, Sr., Penn State
Wisconsin's Graham certainly has to be a top candidate for the award after leading the team in receptions (50), receiving yards (540) and receiving touchdowns (5) last season.
Both Gantt and Hoomanawanui come off strong seasons, and Ballard told me at Big Ten media days that he expects Ohio State's tight ends to play much bigger roles in the passing attack this fall. Moeaki and Quarless were selected largely on potential, but both men should be key contributors in 2009.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
2:00 PM ET Washington State Colorado State 3:30 PM ET 20 Fresno State 25 USC 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:00 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET Nebraska 22 Georgia 12:00 PM ET UNLV North Texas 1:00 PM ET Iowa 16 LSU 1:00 PM ET 19 Wisconsin 9 South Carolina 5:00 PM ET 5 Stanford 4 Michigan State 8:30 PM ET 15 UCF 6 Baylor
7:30 PM ET 13 Oklahoma State 8 Missouri 8:30 PM ET 12 Clemson 7 Ohio State