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Niklas named a Mackey Award semi-finalist


A season after teammate Tyler Eifert was named the Mackey Award winner for the best tight end in the country, teammate Troy Niklas was named a semi-finalist. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound junior was one of eight named to the final list.

In his second season at the position, Niklas has 25 catches for 390 yards and five touchdowns, his first year in the starting lineup after apprenticing behind Eifert. In addition to his impressive season as a receiver, Niklas might be one of the country’s most physical blockers at the position.

Other semi-finalists include:

Jace Amaro, Jr. (Texas Tech)
Ted Bolser, Sr. (Indiana)
Eric Ebron, Jr. (North Carolina)
Devin Funchess, Soph. (Michigan)
Gator Hoskins, Sr. (Marshall)
Nick O’Leary, Jr. (Florida State)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jr. (Washington)

The Mackey Award featured Notre Dame tight ends for almost as long as they’ve been handing out the trophy. Before winning the award, Eifert was a finalist. Before that, Kyle Rudolph was a two-time semi-finalist for the award in both 2010 and 2009. Both John Carlson (2006) and Anthony Fasano (2005) were finalists as well for the award.

Three finalists will be named November 25, with the award handed out on December 12 at the Home Depot College Football Awards.  

Floyd, Eifert named Biletnikoff, Mackey semifinalists

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Both Michael Floyd and Tyler Eifert have been named semifinalists for positional awards, with Floyd among ten semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award and Eifert among eight for the Mackey Award.

In alphabetical order, here are the ten semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top college receiver:

Keenan Allen, Cal
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Patrick Edwards, Houston
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Jordan White, Western Michigan
Robert Woods, USC
Kendall Wright, Baylor

Floyd hasn’t put up the kind of monster stats that some of these guys have, but that he’s a semifinalist goes to show you what else he puts into the game, and how well regarded he is as a weapon nationally. Golden Tate won the Biletnikoff Award in 2009 after a monster season and Oklahoma State’s Blackmon is the reigning winner.

Meanwhile, Eifert is putting up numbers that have him every bit in the mix for the Mackey Award, reminding Irish fans just how good they’ve had it at tight end the last few years. The junior has 51 catches for 589 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season and is among eight semifinalists for the award to the nation’s top tight end.

Dwayne Allen, Clemson
Orson Charles, Georgia
Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Coby Fleener, Stanford
Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette
Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
Nick Provo, Syracuse

Eifert leads the group in catches and yards, so you’ve got to think he’s a frontrunner for the award, crazy when you consider where he was just last year. Filing in for an injured Kyle Rudolph, Eifert was the “next man in,” and he opened the year as a real wildcard after missing his first season with a major back injury. That he’s now an early flight risk to the NFL says a ton about his development and the work he’s put in.


Not to be completely out done, Tommy Rees and David Ruffer were named the offensive and special teams independent players of the week for their work against Maryland last weekend.

Here’s what the NCAA’s website had to say about the two:

Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees

A sophomore from Lake Forest, Ill., Rees set a season high for pass completions in leading Notre Dame to a 45-21 win over Maryland on a neutral field in Landover, Md.   Rees completed 30-of-38 pass attempts for 296 yards and two touchdowns, his 18th and 19th passing TDs on the season.   Rees’ 19 touchdown passes move him into a tie for fifth place on the Fighting Irish single-season list, while his 31 career TD passes are tied for sixth place on Notre Dame’s career scoring toss tally.
Notre Dame PK David Ruffer

A fifth-year senior from Oakton, Va., Ruffer’s career-long 52-yard field goal was among the highlights in Notre Dame’s 45-21 win over Maryland at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.  Ruffer’s personal record-setter gives him three career field goals of 50 yards or longer, making him only the second Irish kicker with three or more FGs of at least 50 yards.  Ruffer has now connected on five consecutive three-point attempts; against the Terrapins, he was also a perfect 6-for-6 on PATs.

Eifert named Mackey tight end of the week

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After his breakout game against Army, Tyler Eifert was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week.



This from the official release:

Bethpage, N.Y. (November 24, 2010) – Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The sophomore recorded four receptions for a career high 78 yards and a touchdown. Replacing the great tight end Kyle Rudolph due to injury, Eifert’s touchdown catch put Notre Dame ahead 17-3 securing the 27-3 victory over Army and helping Notre Dame become Bowl eligible in what was he 50th all time match-up between these two legendary teams. Honorable mentions considered for this week’s Mackey Tight End of the Week include Ladarius Green of Louisiana and Rob Housler of Florida Atlantic.

The 2010 recipient of “The Mackey” will be presented live at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show December 9, 2010 on ESPNU. Please visit http://www.johnmackeyaward.org for all Mackey Award related information including the John Mackey Selection Committee, the selection process and award criteria, information on all past award recipients and a high resolution image of the award trophy available for download.

The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by Tight Ends during the active season. The Tight End of the Week acknowledgment does not have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process. The Nassau County Sports Commission, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization sponsored by Briarcliffe College, is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.

The John Mackey Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official website, http://www.ncfaa.org.

Eifert joins Kyle Rudolph on the list, who was named Mackey tight end of the week after his performance against Michigan. The Irish are the only school to have two different tight ends named, a pretty amazing feat all things considered.