The John Mackey Award is given to the best tight end in college football and five Pac-12 TEs were named to the Mackey award watch list.
Ray Hudson (California), Daniel Imatorbhebhe (USC), Austin Roberts (UCLA), Drew Sample (Washington) and Dalton Schultz (Stanford).
Hudson was listed as a receiver in 2016 and played in nine games for the Golden Bears with 16 catches for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns. Imatorbhebhe didn’t receive significant playing until October, but as a freshman averaged 14.7 yards per catch. Now a sophomore, he can bolster those numbers with potential No. 1 pick Sam Darnold at QB.
Roberts has the highest average per catch out of the group (17.4) and now a junior, he is eligible for the NFL Draft and he’s anticipated to grow his stock along with QB Josh Rosen behind center.
The final two on the list come from programs known for producing elite TEs. Washington’s Sample could be the second TE in four seasons to win the Mackey Award. The last Husky to win the award was Austin Seferian-Jenkins in 2013.
The final TE is Stanford’s Schultz who may be the favorite to win the award considering he played in all 13 games for the Cardinal in 2016 and led the group in receptions last season (23).