Anderson Named To Mackey Award Watch List

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) -- South Carolina junior tight end Rory Anderson has been named to the 2013 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, as announced by the Award committee on Tuesday. Anderson is one of 37 named to the preseason list.

Anderson is penciled as the probable starter at tight end entering this fall's camp. He has scored eight touchdowns on 22 receptions, while averaging 20.9 yards per catch in his first two seasons in the Garnet and Black. He collected 14 passes for 271 yards and five touchdowns in 2012.

Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2013 John Mackey recipient will be presented live on December 12, 2013 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show: 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Other key dates include the announcement of the 2013 Mackey Midseason Watch List on October 14, 2013, the 2013 Mackey Semi-finalists on November 18, 2013 and the 2013 Mackey Finalists on November 25, 2013. All future announcements can be found at www.johnmackeyaward.com.

NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.

2013 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List:
Rory Anderson, South Carolina, JR
Alex Bayer, Bowling Green, SR
Ted Bolser, Indiana ,SR
Kyle Carter, Penn State, SO
Gerald Christian, Louisville, JR
Chris Coyle, Arizona State, SR
Nexon Dorvilus, Florida Atlantic, SR
Eric Ebron, North Carolina, JR
Zane Fakes, Ball State, SR
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa, SR
Kaneakua Friel, BYU, SR
Devin Funchess, Michigan, SO
Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State, SR
Xavier Grimble, Southern California, JR
Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State, JR
Gabe Holmes, Purdue, SR
Gator Hoskins, Marshall, SR
Marcel Jensen, Fresno State, SR
Malcolm Johnson, Mississippi State, JR
Luke Kaumatule, Stanford, SO
Ben Koyack, Notre Dame, JR
Gabe Linehan, Boise State, SR
Colt Lyerla, Oregon, JR
Arthur Lynch, Georgia, SR
Jake McGee, Virginia, JR
Jake Murphy, Utah, JR
Jordan Najvar, Baylor, SR
Troy Niklas, Notre Dame, JR
Nick O'Leary, Florida State, JR
Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin, SR
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington, JR
Randall Telfer, Southern California, JR
C.J. Uzomah, Auburn, JR
Brian Vogler, Alabama, JR
Beckett Wales, Syracuse, SR
Clive Walford, Miami Florida, JR
Asa Watson, NC State, SR

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