Finley named to Mackey Award watch list
Texas sophomore TE Jermichael Finley has been selected to the watch list for the 2007 John Mackey Award, which honors the nation's top tight end, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced.
Finley appeared in all 13 games last year, starting four when Texas opened in a two tight end set, and earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News. He finished the year with 31 receptions for 372 yards (12.0 ypc) and three TDs. All of his totals rank first on UT's freshman tight ends list. Finley caught a pass in each of the final seven games and in 10 of the last 11, and posted five catches of at least 20 yards with a long of 40 yards against Oklahoma State.
The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and announced in mid-December.
NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be one of the best to have played the tight end position. 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.
The John Mackey Award, presented since 2000, lists six NFL players as alumni: Dallas Clark ('01) of the 2007 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts, two-time Super Bowl Champion Daniel Graham ('02) of the Denver Broncos, Kellen Winslow, Jr. ('03) of the Cleveland Browns, Heath Miller ('04) of the 2006 Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, Marcedes Lewis ('05) of the Jacksonville Jaguars and 2006 John Mackey Award recipient Matt Spaeth of the Pittsburgh Steelers.