It's a not a surprise and now it's official. Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert has won the John Mackey Award, which goes to the country's best tight end. He beat out Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Stanford's Zach Ertz.
Ertz was named first-team all-Pac-12, so it was clear the national award would be unlikely for Seferian-Jenkins. Here's the language describing who votes for the award:
" ... John Mackey Award Selection Committee, which is composed of respected members of the media and former NFL players."
Here's the group that voted:
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- Bruce Feldman — ESPN
- Marc C. Connolly — ESPN
- Lee Corso — ESPN College GameDay
- Tom Dienhart — Yahoo! Sports/Rivals.com
- Keith Jackson — Former NFL tight end
- Jerry Mackey — Committee Chairman
- Adam Schefter — ESPN NFL Insider
- Phil Steele — Phil Steele’s College Football Preview
- Tim Stratton — Inaugural John Mackey Award Recipient
- Dave-Te' Thomas — NFL Draft Biographer
- Spencer Tillman — CBS Sports
- Dick Weiss — NY Daily News
Not sure how many Washington (or Stanford or Notre Dame) games Adam Schefter watches. Dick Weiss is a renowned writer ... who covers basketball for the New York Daily News.
Ertz and Seferian-Jenkins had similar numbers: Seferian-Jenkins had 63 catches, 791 yards and six touchdowns. Ertz had 66 catches for 867 yards and six touchdowns. He also played one more game than Seferian-Jenkins.
Eifert may be the best run-blocker among the trio. He had 44 catches for 624 yards and four touchdowns. Certainly the rep and success of his school had something to do with his selection.
Here's the press release:
Bethpage, N.Y. (December 5, 2012) - The Nassau County Sports Commission, sponsored by Briarcliffe College, has announced Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame as the 2012 John Mackey Award recipient. The John Mackey Award trophy will be presented to Eifert on December 6, 2012, LIVE on ESPNU, at 6:30pm EST as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show. Eifert will also be honored at the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game in South Florida on January 7, 2013.
2012 was an outstanding year for Tyler Eifert. The senior recorded 44 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns while leading undefeated Notre Dame to the Discover BCS National Championship Game. In addition to the Mackey Award, he has also already been named second-team All American by Walter Camp and CBS Sports. Eifert, who is well known for his blocking ability and receiving prowess, has totaled 134 receptions, 1,779 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in his career making him the all time career leader in receptions and receiving yards by a Notre Dame Tight End.