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.


Gary Barnidge, SR, Louisville
Travis Beckum, JR, Wisconsin
Martellus Bennett, JR, Texas A&M
Chris Brown, SR, Tennessee
Eric Butler, SR, Miss St
John Carlson, SR, Notre Dame
Chase Coffman, JR, Missouri
Jeff Cumberland, SR, Illinois
Fred Davis, SR, USC
Brody Eldridge , SO, Oklahoma
DajLeon Farr, JR, Miami, FL
Jermichael Finley, SO, Texas
Joey Haynos, SR, Maryland
Anthony Hill, SR, NC State
Darius Hill, JR, Ball St
Chris Hopkins, SR, Toledo
Dustin Keller, SR, Purdue
Branden Ledbetter, JR, W. Michigan
Tony Moeaki, JR, Iowa
Shawn Nelson, JR, Southern Mississippi
Bear Pascoe, JR, Fresno St
Logan Paulsen, JR, UCLA
Brandon Pettigrew, JR, Oklahoma St
Andrew Quarless, SO, Penn St
Martin Rucker, SR, Missouri
Tom Santi, SR, Virginia
Cody Slate, SO, Marshall
Kory Sperry, SR, Colorado St
Craig Stevens, SR, California
Jacob Tamme, SR, Kentucky
Zeek Zacharie, JR, ULM