NEW YORK – For the second consecutive year, Miami Hurricanes senior Clive Walford is among the nation’s best tight ends named to the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List. Walford is one of only four ACC players on the 40-player watch list.
The John Mackey Award is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end. The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and will be announced Dec. 10, and then presented live Dec. 11 at The Home Depot Collegiate Football Awards Show.
Walford played in all 13 games in 2013, making 12 starts at tight end. He finished the season with 454 receiving yards and two TDs on 34 catches, finishing second on the team in receptions. The Belle Glade, Fla., product had a streak of 27 consecutive games with at least one reception snapped Nov. 23, 2013, against Virginia. He later eclipsed the 1,000-yard career mark against Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
A midseason watch list will be announced Oct. 13, followed by the semifinalists Nov. 17, and the finalists Nov. 24.
Pro Football Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.
Miami (9-4, 5-3 ACC) opens the 2014 season Sept. 1 against new ACC member Louisville at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Secure your seats to Miami’s home games vs. Florida State and North Carolina (Homecoming) today with a Two-Game Mini-Plan. Plans start at just $108 and include the same seat to both games plus a complimentary hat ($30 value). For more information or to order online, visit CanesTix.com.
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|MIAMI HURRICANES ON 2014 PRESEASON AWARD WATCH LISTS|
|Anthony Chickillo, DE||Shane McDermott, C|
|CFPA Defensive Line Trophy||Rimington Trophy (nation’s best center)|
|Stacy Coley, WR/KR||Denzel Perryman, LB|
|Paul Hornung Award (most versatile)||Bednarik Award (College Defensive Player of the Year)|
|Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)||CFPA Linebacker Trophy|
|Ladarius Gunter, DB||Clive Walford, TE|
|CFPA Defensive Back Trophy||John Mackey Award (Outstanding collegiate tight end)|
|Duke Johnson, RB|
|Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)|
|CFPA Running Back Trophy|