Mitchell Henry named Tight End of the Week


After establishing new career highs in receptions and yards, and scoring the opening touchdown in overtime, WKU tight end Mitchell Henry has been named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week.

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Henry, a member of the John Mackey Award Watch List – an award that recognizes the best collegiate tight end at the end of the season – was rewarded this past week for racking 128 yards on seven catches and a pair of touchdowns (the two scores were just the second time he’s had a multi-score game). Henry is the second consecutive Conference USA tight end to be honored with the weekly award, after FIU’s Jonnu Smith won last week, and beat out UAB’s Kennard Backman of UAB, Rodney Mills of UMASS and Clive Walford of Miami, who all ended the week with an honorable mention.

Closer to home, Henry is the first WKU tight end to receive the weekly award since Mr. Jack Doyle did it on Oct. 12 of 2011, also in a WKU overtime game against Middle Tennessee. While the tight end position hasn’t been used as much as we saw coach Taggart use with Kawaun Jakes at QB and Doyle at tight end, Henry has done a great job when called upon, and his touchdown against the MTBR’s this weekend was nothing short of clutch.

If you’re keeping track at home, that’s two Hilltoppers to be honored in some form this week, and the fifth time in total a football player has had a weekly accolade added to his name. This team may be 1-2, but they sure aren’t playing like it, and eventually, that attitude will catch up.