Western Kentucky University junior tight end Jack Doyle was one of 34 names on the 2011 John Mackey Award Watch List announced on Wednesday.
The Mackey Award, established in 2001, is awarded annually to the most outstanding tight end in FBS college football. In addition to demonstrating outstanding athletic prowess on the field, the award also stands for positive sportsmanship-like behavior, good academic standing & exceptional leadership abilities.
Doyle, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., joins Louisiana-Lafayette’s Ladarius Green as the only two Sun Belt Conference tight ends on the list. In fact, only six players from BCS non-AQ schools are on the list. Doyle is also one of two players from the state of Kentucky as Louisville’s Josh Chichester is among the preseason candidates.
Despite missing the last five games of 2010 due to injury, Doyle ranked fourth among Hilltoppers with 20 receptions and 224 receiving yards. He averaged 11.2 yards per catch, and also tied for second on the team with two touchdown grabs. The 6-foot-6, 248-pound target recorded career highs in both receptions (7) and receiving yards (94) last season at South Florida. In 17 career games, Doyle has caught 57 passes for 589 yards — an average of 10.3 yards per catch and 34.6 yards per game. He also has three career touchdowns.
This marked the second straight day that a Hilltopper has landed on a National College Football Awards Association watch list. On Tuesday, senior running back Bobby Rainey was named to the list for the Maxwell Award, given annually to college football’s most outstanding all-around player.