Two Oklahoma players that have barely seen anytime at tight end were honored Tuesday morning by getting on to the John Mackey Award Watch List.
The Mackey Award is annually presented to the nation’s best tight end. Oklahoma has never produced a Mackey Award winner, however, they’ve seen some great tight ends come through the program, most recently with current Cincinnati Bengal Jermaine Gresham and Dallas Cowboy James Hanna.
Being merely a watch list, it is still a bit shocking to see both Blake Bell and Taylor McNamara’s name on the 2014 list. Not that either aren’t promising tight ends, but neither has really played at all for OU at this position.
Blake Bell made the conversion from quarterback to tight end this off-season, and while a large majority believes he’s more suited for a tight end role and may prosper, asking a tight end with absolutely no experience to win the Mackey is a tall, unrealistic order.
With Taylor McNamara, he only played in three games last season as a redshirt freshman. He recorded one catch for four yards in the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl, but that was his only reception of the season.
McNamara, like Bell, has good size for the tight end position. However, neither has a lot of experience, though, Oklahoma doesn’t have much experience at wide receiver either.
The full list can be seen here.