Oklahoma Football: Mark Andrews named to Mackey Award watch list

Mark Andrews is the latest Oklahoma football player to be added to a 2017 preseason award watch list.

Andrews is one of 55 candidates and one of four from the Big 12 on the preseason watch list for the 2017 Mackey Award, which recognizes the most outstanding tight end in college football.

The award is named after NFL Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey, who played 10 seasons in the National Football League, nine of which were with the Baltimore Colts.

Andrews, a junior this season, has started 12 games in his two seasons at Oklahoma and played in all 26 of the Sooner games the past two seasons. An All-Big 12 First-Team selection in both 2015 and 2016, he caught 31 passes for 489 yards last season, and his seven touchdown catches were second on the team behind Biletnikoff Award-winning wide receiver Dede Westbrook.

Twice last season, the Sooner tight end, who is also used as a wide receiver, caught four passes in a game (against Ohio State and Baylor), and he caught three passes, one for a touchdown, in Oklahoma’s 35-19 Sugar Bowl win over Auburn.

For his career, Andrews has 50 catches for 801 total yards and 14 touchdowns.

No player from Oklahoma has ever won the Mackey Award, which was first presented in 2000. Only two Big 12 players have won the award: Daniel Graham of Colorado in 2001 and Missouri’s Chase Coffman in 2008.

Other Big 12 players who are on the preseason watch list for the 2017 Mackey Award are Ben Johnson of Kansas, Dayton Valentine of Kansas State and John Feuerbacher of Baylor. Johnson and Feuerbacher are both seniors and Valentine is a junior.