The Irish may have lost the game 28-24, but Kyle Rudolph’s performance did not go unnoticed, as he was named John Mackey tight end of the week.
Here’s the official press release:
Rudolph of Notre Dame was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the
Nassau County Sports Commission. The junior recorded eight receptions
for 164 yards and a 95 yard touchdown catch – a career best in
receptions and yardage. His career long 95 yard touchdown reception put
Notre Dame ahead 24-21 with 4:28 remaining in the 4th quarter before
Michigan retook the lead with 30 seconds remaining resulting in a
heartbreaking 28-24 loss for Notre Dame. This is the second time that
Rudolph has been name Mackey Tight end of the Week – the other honor
coming in week 3 last season. 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 announced at the Home Depot
ESPNU College Football Awards Show December 9, 2010 on ESPN. 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
created to enhance quality of life of Nassau County residents through
sports, 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.
Rudolph’s 8 catches and 164 yards were both career-highs for the junior from Cincinnati. Rudolph has to be considered one of the front-runners for the Mackey Award, given each year to the most outstanding tight end in college football.