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Iowa State TE Charlie Kolar Named Finalist for John Mackey Award

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For a second straight year, Iowa State’s Charlie Kolar has been named a John Mackey Award Finalist, given annually to the nation’s top tight end.

Kolar joins Colorado State’s Trey McBride and Texas A&M’s Jalen Wydermyer as the finalists for the award. Florida TE Kyle Pitts won the award over Kolar and Wydermyer in 2020.


Kolar holds several Iowa State school records, including career receptions (159), receiving yards (2.083), and touchdown catches (22). He has been a consistent threat through the air for the Cyclones since he stepped on campus and is a matchup nightmare for defensive backs with his 6’6″ frame and surprising speed.

Kolar is fresh off of a spectacular performance in Norman, Oklahoma, where he grew up a Sooner fan. He racked up 12 receptions for 152 yards and a score against his childhood team on Saturday and was the reason the Cyclones nearly won the game. He has been the best tight end in the Big 12 conference for a few years now and deserves recognition as the best tight end in college football.

The winner of the John Mackey Award will be announced on December 9th at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

Kolar and the Cyclones host the TCU Horned Frogs this weekend to close out the regular season. Iowa State is bowl eligible for the fifth straight season, a program record.

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