The University of Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been named as this year’s winner of the John Mackey Award; the award for the nation’s top tight end. The award is named after the Hall of Fame tight end that played for the Baltimore Colts and Syracuse Orange. Jenkins won the award in a group of finalists that included Eric Ebron from North Carolina and Nick O’Leary from Florida State.
This year’s selection seems to really emphasize the whole scope of the position rather than just stats. Jenkins was certainly productive, but no one was more productive in terms of pure numbers than Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro. Jenkins caught 33 passes for 413 yards and 7 touchdowns, but he was also able to be a dominant blocker.
The 6’6″ 276lb tight end has to make a decision on his future and whether or not he will opt to forgo his senior year and go into the NFL Draft where he is considered one of the top players at his position. His head coach Steve Sarkisian is at USC now and rather than learning a new system under Chris Petersen, he may opt to go ahead and learn a new offensive system in the NFL. Congratulations to Jenkins on the award.