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Penn State Football: Carter And James Named To Mackey Award Watch List

by on July 08, 2014 12:00 PM

Penn State's tight ends have been some of the most effective in the nation and that could just lead to some postseason honors next season.

Juniors Kyle Carter and Jesse James have been added to the John Mackey Award Watch List.

The award is given to the nation's top collegiate tight end each year.

Penn State is one of the three schools (along with Oklahoma and Oregon) with multiple selections to the 40-player preseason watch list.

The Mackey Award honors outstanding athletic prowess on the field, along with positive sportsmanship, good academic standing and exceptional leadership ability. 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 2014 John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List will be announced on October 13. Semifinalists will be named on November 17 and finalists will be chosen on November 24. The award will be presented live on ESPNU on December 11 during The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show.

As of Tuesday Penn State has four players on preseason watch lists. On Monday, Maxwell and Bednarik Award watch lists included sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg and junior cornerback Jordan Lucas respectively.

Preseason award watch lists will continue to be released in the coming days. For fans waiting for any particular nominations, the schedule is as follows:

Wed., July 9: Lou Groza Award/Ray Guy Award

Thurs., July 10: Bronko Nagurski Trophy/Outland Trophy

Fri., July 11: Jim Thorpe Award

Mon., July 14: Butkus Award/Rotary Lombardi Award

Tue., July 15: Biletnikoff Award

Wed., July 16: Davey O’Brien Award

Thurs., July 17: Doak Walker Award

Fri., July 18: Walter Camp Award

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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