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Iowa State’s Charlie Kolar Leads Mackey Award Watch List

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Iowa State’s Charlie Kolar was among the Big 12 tight ends named to the 2021 John Mackey Award Watch List on Friday.

The watch list revealed the tight ends that are initial candidates for the award given to the best tight in college football. It is named for John Mackey.

Charlie Kolar was also named to the Biletnikoff Watch List on Thursday, given to the best pass catcher in college football.

Last season Kolar was a finalist for the Mackey Award, which eventually went to Florida’s Kyle Pitts.


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Kolar was named a Second Team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation and the American Football Coaches Association, while earning Third Team All-American from the Associated Press. He was the Cyclones’ first two-time All-American since Troy Davis in 1995-96 (Kolar was also named an All-American in 2019). The First Team All-Big 12 selection led all Big 12 tight ends with 44 catches, 591 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions.

Kolar’s teammate, Chase Allen is also on the watch list.

Other Big 12 players on the Mackey Award Watch List include Oklahoma’s Austin Stogner, Texas’ Cade Brewer, West Virginia’s Mike O’Laughlin, Texas Tech’s Travis Koontz and Baylor’s Ben Sims.

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2021 John Mackey Award Watch List

(Big 12 Players in Bold)

Jalen Wydermeyer, Texas A&M

Nick Muse, South Carolina

Jahleel Billingsley, Alabama

Arik Gilbert, Georgia

John Samuel Shenker, Auburn

Hudson Henry, Arkansas

Darnell Washington, Georgia

Keon Zipperer, Florida

Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin

Peyton Hendershot, Indiana

Sam Laporta, Iowa

Brenton Strange, Penn State

Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State

Chigoziem Okonkwo, Maryland

Charlie Mangieri, Northwestern

Austin Allen, Nebraska

James Mitchell, Virginia Tech

Will Mallory, Miami

Garrett Walston, North Carolina

Braden Galloway, Clemson

Brandon Chapman, Wake Forest

Camren McDonald, Florida State

Lucas Krull, Pittsburgh

Jelani Woods, Virginia

Charlie Kolar, Iowa State

Austin Stogner, Oklahoma

Chase Allen, Iowa State

Cade Brewer, Texas

Mike O’Laughlin, West Virginia

Travis Koontz, Texas Tech

Ben Sims, Baylor

Cade Otten, Washington

Greg Dulcich, UCLA

Benjamin Yurosek, Stanford

Jake Tonges, California

Teagan Quitoriano, Oregon State

Cole Fotheringham, Utah

Brady Russell, Colorado

Michael Mayer, Notre Dame

Isaac Rex, BYU

Sean Dykes, Memphis

Josh Whyle, Cincinnati

Grant Calcaterra, SMU

Cole Turner, Nevada

Trey McBride, Colorado State

Derrick Deese, San Jose State

Saniel Bellinger, San Diego State

Joshua Simon, WKU

Hayden Pittman, UAB

Leroy Watson, UTSA

Thomas Odukoya, Eastern Michigan

Ryan Luehrman, Ohio

Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina

Roger Carter, Georgia State

Henry Pearson, Appalachian State

Johnny Lumpkin, Louisiana


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