Mitchell Henry named to Midseason Watch List


Another day, another Topper up for an award.

WKU senior tight end Mitchell Henry has been named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List, an award given annually to college football’s best tight end. Henry is one of 33 players on the watch list, which includes four representatives from Conference USA.

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Henry leads the team with 70.2 receiving yards per game. In five games this season he has 18 receptions for 283 yards and two touchdowns. Against Middle Tennessee, he hauled in seven catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns — all career highs — in an effort that earned him tight end of the week honors by the John Mackey Award.

Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 17th, with finalists decided on Nov. 24th. The award will be presented live on ESPNU on December 11th. Henry is the second Hilltopper to make the midseason watch list in recent years, as former Topper and current Indianapolis Colt Jack Doyle was on the list during the 2011 season, and a semifinalist in the 2012 season.

John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List:

Rory Anderson, Sr, South Carolina

Kennard Backman, Sr, UAB

EJ Bibbs, Sr, Iowa St

Gerald Christian, Sr, Louisville

Evan Engram, So, Ole Miss

Billy Freeman, So, San Jose St

David Grinnage, So, NC State

Connor Hamlett, Sr, Oregon St

Mitchell Henry, Sr, WKU

Jeff Heuerman, Sr, Ohio St

Bucky Hodges, Fr, Virginia Tech

Austin Hooper, So, Stanford

OJ Howard, So, Alabama

Jesse James, Jr, Penn St

Malcolm Johnson, Sr, Mississippi St

Ben Koyack, Sr, Notre Dame

Tyler Kroft, Jr, Rutgers

Jimmay Mundine, Sr, Kansas

Nick O’Leary, Sr, Florida St

Casey Pierce, Sr, Kent St

Joel Ruiz, Jr, Georgia St

Tyreese Russell, Sr, Eastern Michigan

Wes Saxton, Sr, South Alabama

Cam Serigne, Fr, Wake Forest

Jean Sifrin, Jr, Massachusetts

Justin Sinz, Sr, Purdue

Jonnu Smith, So, FIU

Randall Telfer, Sr, USC

Eric Tomlinson, Sr, UTEP

CJ Uzomah, Sr, Auburn

Clive Walford, Sr, Miami, FL

Alex Welch, Sr, Miami, OH

Maxx Williams, So, Minnesota