July 9, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
NEW YORK - Senior tight end Marcel Jensen was announced on Tuesday to the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, Jensen's second preseason recognition this summer.
The John Mackey Award is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end. Since the awards inception in 2000, 12 of the 13 previous winners went on to play in the NFL. The 2013 recipient will be selected by vote by the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and will be announced live on Dec. 12 at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards.
Jensen is one of 37 players to be named to this year's watch list and is one of three student-athletes from the Mountain West to be recognized.
Jensen enters his senior campaign coming off his most productive season yet as a Bulldog. The Fairfield, Calif. native started eight games in 2012 and appeared in all 13 games. Jensen hauled in 20 passes for 339 yards along with four touchdown receptions, averaging a team-best 17.0 yards per catch.
Following Jensen's junior season he garnered 2012 honorable mention All-Mountain West honors and was later named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Tight End Watch List.
Key dates to watch for include the announcement of the 2013 Mackey Midseason Watch List on Oct. 14, the 2013 Mackey Semifinalists on Nov. 18 and the 2013 Mackey Finalists on Nov. 25.
The John Mackey Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.
The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Fifteen of the association's 21 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award's preseason candidates. Following is the complete 2013 preseason watch list calendar:
Mon., July 8: Bednarik Award / Maxwell Award
Tue., July 9: Mackey Award / Rimington Trophy
Wed., July 10: Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award
Thurs., July 11: Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy
Fri., July 12: Jim Thorpe Award
Mon., July 15: Butkus Award / Rotary Lombardi Award
Tue., July 16: Biletnikoff Award
Wed., July 17: Davey O'Brien Award
Thurs., July 18: Doak Walker Award
Fri., July 19: Walter Camp Award
The Bulldogs report for fall camp on Aug. 1 and open the season on Aug. 29 at home against Rutgers.
"Discover Fresno State Football" - 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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