STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford sophomore tight end Luke Kaumatule has been named to the John Mackey Award Watch List.
The John Mackey Award has been awarded since 2000 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.
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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.
The award is named after Roosevelt native and NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey.
The midseason Watch List will be released Oct. 14 with eight semifinalists named Nov. 18. One week later, the field will be narrowed to three finalists and the recipient will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 12th.
Kaumatule is an intriguing addition to the list, which includes 37 names. At 6 foot 7, 260 pounds, he played behind a pair of NFL draftees last season in Zach Ertz (Philadelphia) and Levine Toilolo (Atlanta). Stanford has garnered the nickname of “Tight End-U” in social media circles and Kaumatule received praise throughout the spring practice season. In last season’s victory over USC, it was Kaumatule who delivered a pivotal downfield block on Ertz’s game-winning touchdown reception. All told in 2012, Kaumatule played in nine games.
Ertz led all FBS tight ends during the 2012 season with 69 receptions and 898 receiving yards, both school records at the position, while adding six touchdowns. He teamed with Toilolo (24-393-4) for 93 receptions for 1,291 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012 as Stanford led all schools nationally in tight end productivity.
Kaumatule’s upside can be massive and the Stanford pedigree is in place with the program boasting seven tight ends in the NFL - Ertz, Toilolo, Coby Fleener (Indianapolis), Jim Dray (Arizona), Konrad Reuland (N.Y. Jets), Alex Smith (Cincinnati) and Evan Moore (most recently with Philadelphia).
Mackey is often regarded as one of the all-time greats to ever have played the tight end position. He played in the National Football League for 10 years, was elected to the Pro Bowl five times, was a three-time All-NFL Player, was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team and to the league's 50th Anniversary squad. He also played in two NFL Championship games and two Super Bowls, including the victorious Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V where he caught a pivotal 75 yard touchdown pass from Johnny Unitas.
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