The John Mackey Award Selection Committee named Colorado State University tight end Kivon Cartwright to the preseason watch list for the 2014 John Mackey Award.
The award is given annually to the nation’s best collegiate tight end. Cartwright was chosen among 37 others for the preseason watch list.
Cartwright, a 6-foot 4-inch, 245-pound Pueblo native is one of only three tight ends on the watch list from the Mountain West. He also earned a spot on the 2013 John Mackey Award midseason watch list.
In 2013, Cartwright played in all 14 games, starting 11 of those contests, grabbing 27 passes for 462 yards. He tied for a team-high six receiving touchdowns, the most by a Mountain West tight end and third-most among FBS tight ends. Cartwright enters his senior season with 56 receptions for 835 yards and nine touchdowns.
The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. The 2014 winner will be announced Dec. 10 and presented live the next day at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.
The John Mackey Award, presented since 2000, lists thirteen alumni to have played in the NFL:
2001 – Daniel Graham
2002 – Dallas Clark
2003 – Kellen Winslow II
2004 – Heath Miller
2005 – Marcedes Lewis
2006 – Matt Spaeth
2007 – Fred Davis
2008 – Chase Coffman
2009 – Aaron Hernandez
2010 – D.J. Williams
2011 – Dwayne Allen
2012 – Tyler Eifert
2013 – Austin Seferian-Jenkins
The midseason watch list will be announced Oct. 13, the semifinalists Nov. 17 and the finalists Nov. 24.
Collegian Managing Editor Lawrence Lam can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.