Arkansas State junior tight end Darion Griswold and Arkansas sophomore Hunter Henry were both named to the 2014 watch list for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the country’s most outstanding collegiate tight end.
The duo are two of 40 players across the country to be recognized this year.
Griswold, a Dumas native, is the first A-State player ever placed on the John Mackey Award Watch List.
Griswold recorded 24 receptions for 312 yards (13.0 yards per catch) and three touchdowns in 2013 as a sophomore, earning second team All-Sun Belt Conference honors. He ranked second in the Sun Belt in both receptions per game and receiving yards per game among tight ends.
Henry enjoyed a breakout freshman year that saw him earn freshman All-America honors from the FWAA, Sporting News, Athlon, Phil Steele, College Football News and 247Sports. He was selected to the All-SEC second team by the Associated Press and was a member of the SEC All-Freshman team after catching 28 passes for 409 yards and team-high-tying four touchdowns.
His receiving yards ranked third in the nation among freshman tight ends, and he was the only freshman tight end in the SEC with a 100-yard receiving game (109 yards, vs. Texas A&M).
The award recipient is selected by a vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and will be announced Dec. 10.
UAM duo earn all-America honor
Arkansas-Monticello sophomore kicker Jamie McGee and senior cornerback Mike Early have been selected to the USA College Football Preseason All-America teams for the upcoming 2014 season.
During his incredible freshman year, McGee became UAM’s most decorated placekicker. He broke the UAM and Great American Conference season record for field goals made with 17 during the campaign.
Early was an All-GAC honorable mention selection last year after ranking eighth in the league in passed defended and fifth in interceptions. He was also one of UAM’s most consistent return specialists, totaling over 350 yards throughout the season between kickoff and punt returns.