Penn State Tight End Brenton Strange Named to Mackey Award Watch List

By Matthew Filipovits on July 23, 2021 at 9:17 am
Dec 19, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Brenton Strange (86) lines up on the line of scrimmage during the third quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Illinois 56-21. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State tight end Brenton Strange has been named to the John Mackey Award watch list, given annually to the nation's best tight end.

Strange took on a big role for the Nittany Lions last season while Pat Freiermuth missed time with an injury. The West Virginia native caught 17 balls for 164 yards and two touchdowns, all of which rank third among returning Penn State players.

The Nittany Lions have never had a player win the award. Florida tight end and Philadelphia native Kyle Pitts brought home the hardware last season.