Carter makes Mackey Award watch list
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State redshirt freshman Kyle Carter has been named to the Midseason Watch List for the 2012 John Mackey Award, an honor presented annually to the nation’s best collegiate tight end.
A product of Bear, Del., Carter is the only freshman among the 26 Mackey Award candidates.
Carter has played in every game this season for coach Bill O’Brien’s Nittany Lions. He is second on the team with 23 catches for 279 yards (12.1) and has one touchdown. Carter made a season-high six receptions for 74 yards vs. Ohio and has at least three catches in five of Penn State’s six games. He made five catches for 70 yards in the win over Temple and made his first career touchdown catch at Virginia. Carter has three catches for 20 yards or longer.
The award, which is presented by the Nassau County Sports Commission, honors Pro Football Hall of Fame member John Mackey. In 10 NFL seasons with the Baltimore Colts (1963-71) and the San Diego Chargers (1972), Mackey revolutionized the tight end position. He twice compiled season averages of more than 20 yards a catch, and his 10-year career average of 15.8 yards is considered remarkable for a tight end. Mackey also was the first president of the NFL Players Association.
The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2012 award winner will be announced live Dec. 6 on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
Penn State (4-2, 2-0) brings a four-game winning streak into Saturday’s 8 p.m. clash at Iowa (4-2, 2-0). The game will air on the Big Ten Network, the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com.
Tickets for the Nittany Lions’ remaining home games with No. 7 Ohio State (5:30 p.m. Oct. 27), Indiana (Nov. 17) and Wisconsin (Nov. 24) are available. Ticket purchases and information is available at www.GoPSUsports.com/tickets or fans can call Penn State athletics Customer Relations at 1-800-NITTANY (648-8269) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Pre-paid single game parking passes for the general parking lots ($10) are also available at www.GoPSUsports.com/tickets.