Iowa State tight end E.J. Bibbs has been named to the John Mackey Award Watch List. According to the official press release, the John Mackey Award is "given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee."
The winner will be announced on December 10th with the presentation of the trophy being made on The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU the next night. Here is the complete watch list:
|First Name||Last Name||Class||School|
|Billy||Freeman||So||San Jose St|
Bibbs finished his 2013 campaign with 462 yards receiving on 39 catches and two touchdowns. Although his scoring dried up late in the season he had instrumental catches against both Kansas and West Virginia and converted a key two point conversion in the third overtime in Iowa State's season ending victory over West Virginia. New offensive coordinator, and tight ends coach, Mark Mangino has raved about Bibbs so far and expects him to be an all conference performer. If he can do that he might very well receive a special phone call in December.
Bibbs becomes the second Cyclone to make a preseason awards list with Aaron Wimberly being named to the Paul Hornung watch list yesterday. The Paul Hornung Award is given annually to the nation's most versatile performer.