Marshall's Cody Slate Named to John Mackey Award Watch List|
July 23, 2007
Manhasset, N.Y. - The 2007 JOHN MACKEY AWARD watch list has been released by the Nassau County Sports Commission and Marshall University sophomore tight end Cody Slate is among the contenders. Given annually to the best collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the JOHN MACKEY AWARD Selection Committee and announced in mid-December.
Slate, a sophomore from Chipley, Fla., led the Thundering in receiving as a freshman with 43 catches for 685 yards and six touchdowns. Slate's receiving totals ranked first among all tight ends and all freshmen regardless of position in Conference USA last season. He is the first freshman to lead Marshall in receiving since Randy Moss did so in 1996.
Slate joins Southern Miss junior Shawn Nelson as the only Conference USA representatives on the watch list and he is one of only four sophomores on the initial watch list for 2007.
NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, 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.
2007 JOHN MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST
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