For the second straight season, Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth has been named to the John Mackey Award Watch List. As expectations grow, the sure-handed tight end is believed to be one of the best tight ends in the country and projected to be a first-round draft pick in the NFL Draft.
Freiermuth has developed into a top-tier tight end in just two seasons as a Nittany Lion. Last year, the Massachusetts native pulled in 43 passes for 507 yards and seven touchdowns. He was twice named the Mackey Tight End of the Week after his standout performances against Buffalo and Michigan State.
On Thursday, Freiermuth was added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the top receiver in the country, regardless of position. The Mackey Award is presented to the top tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics, and community values of its namesake, NFL Hall-of-Famer John Mackey. Howard Bryant of Florida Atlantic won the award last season.
Freiermuth is one of eight Big Ten tight ends on the watch list, joining Indiana's Peyton Hendershot, Ohio State's Luke Farrell, Wisconsin's Jake Ferguson, Michigan's Nick Eubanks, Maryland's Chigoziem Okonkwo, Nebraska's Jake Stoll, and Iowa's Sam LaPorta.
The entire list can be found here.