The perfect run by the Georgia Bulldogs in preseason watch lists continues, as junior tight end Jay Rome was named to the 2014 Mackey Award watch list on Tuesday.
Rome is just the next up in a long line of very talented and impact tight ends from Georgia, and will be taking over as the starting tight end for the now graduated Arthur Lynch.
The Mackey Awards is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. The award itself is named after NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey, and has been presented since 2000.
This is a terrific honor for Rome, just a junior without much in the way of starting experience. During his two-year career as a backup, Rome has caught 20 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns. He appeared in eight games for the Bulldogs in 2013.
The SEC has only had two winners of the Mackey Award, Florida’s Aaron Hernandez in 2009, and Arkansas’ D.J. Williams in 2010. Last year’s winner was Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was drafted in 2014 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Rome, as he’s likely to become one of Hutson Mason’s favorite safety valves and big targets.
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