Nov. 18, 2008
MANHASSET, N.Y. - University of Houston senior Mark Hafner was selected as one of eight semi-finalists for the 2008 John Mackey Tight End of the Year Award, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced Monday.
Hafner leads the Cougars with 73 catches, 782 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. He has been honored as the John Mackey Tight End of the Week twice this season.
Last weekend against Conference USA-rival Tulsa, Hafner hauled in 8 catches and a pair of touchdowns as the Cougars cruised to a 70-30 win.
The seven other semi-finalists are Chase Coffman (JR, Missouri), Jared Cook (JR, South Carolina), Jermaine Gresham (JR, Oklahoma), Branden Ledbetter (SR, Western Michigan), Brandon Pettigrew (SR, Oklahoma State), Dennis Pitta (JR, BYU) and D.J. Williams (SO, Arkansas).
Previous notable winners of the John Mackey Tight End of the Year Award are Kellen Winslow II (2003), Dallas Clark (2002) and Daniel Graham (2001).
The eight semi-finalists were determined by confidential balloting of the John Mackey Selection Committee. The 2008 recipient of "The Mackey" will be announced on December 11, 2008 at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show live on ESPN and presented at the Nassau County Sports Commission Annual Awards Dinner on April 27, 2009.
The John Mackey Award is given to the collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics, and community values of NFL Hall of Fame Tight End John Mackey. The Nassau County Sports Commission is a non-profit organization that promotes sports and healthy lifestyle for Nassau County residents and is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.