Nov. 12, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior tight end Zach Ertz today has been named one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The John Mackey Award is given annually to the nation's most outstanding collegiate tight end.
Ertz leads Stanford in receiving this season with 47 receptions for 641 yards and five touchdowns, while tallying team-high receiving in five games. The 6-foot-6 senior has also recorded game-winning touchdown receptions in both of Stanford's top-ranked wins: versus No. 2 USC and No. 13 Oregon State. His 71 yards and fourth-quarter touchdown against USC earned him John Mackey Tight End of the Week honors.
Last year, Coby Fleener for Stanford was a semifinalist of the 2011 John Mackey Award. He was selected as the first overall tight end in the 2012 NFL Draft this past April by the Indianapolis Colts. Fleener is one of six tight ends currently in the NFL who are Stanford alumni.
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The other 2012 semifinalists are Jack Doyle (Western Kentucky), Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame), Gavin Escobar (San Diego State), Joseph Fauria (UCLA), Ryan Otten (San Jose State), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington) and Zach Sudfeld (Nevada).
The 2012 recipient of the John Mackey Award will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show December 6, 2012 on ESPNU. Please visit www.johnmackeyaward.org for all Mackey Award related information including the John Mackey Selection Committee, the selection process and award criteria and information on all past award recipients.
Zach Ertz and No. 14/13 Stanford next visit No. 1/1 Oregon on Saturday (Nov. 17) for the highly anticipated matchup between the top two teams in the Pac-12. Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET with a national broadcast on ABC.