Will the SEC have the nation’s top tight end for the second consecutive season?
Seven of the league’s tight ends were named to the John Mackey Award watch list on Wednesday morning.
Former Arkansas TE Hunter Henry won the award, which has been given to college football’s top tight end each year since its inception in 2000, for his outstanding performance during the 2015 season.
Henry hauled in 51 receptions for 739 yards and three touchdowns for the Razorbacks last year.
Past winners with ties to SEC schools include Missouri’s Chase Coffman (2008), Florida’s Aaron Hernandez (2009) and Arkansas’ D.J. Williams (2010).
If the league is going to produce another award winner at the position in 2016, he is likely to come from this batch of contenders:
- Jeb Blazevich, Georgia
- C.J. Conrad, Kentucky
- Evan Engram, Ole Miss
- DeAndre Goolsby, Florida
- O.J. Howard, Alabama
- Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas
- Ethan Wolf, Tennessee
O.J. Howard, who had 38 receptions and 602 yards receiving during a national championship run for Alabama, has to be considered the league’s favorite after making the decision to return to the Crimson Tide for his senior season.
Ole Miss TE Evan Engram is another strong contender who returned for a senior season with Rebels QB Chad Kelly, and Arkansas’ Jeremy Sprinkle, who caught twice as many touchdown passes as Henry last season, will look to continue the Razorbacks’ strong showing from the position.