MANHASSET, N.Y. (MU) – University of Missouri junior TE Michael Egnew (Plainview, Texas) has been named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission, for his play in last Saturday's 26-0 win over Colorado. Egnew, who leads all tight ends in the nation with his 39 receptions, was honored for his two-touchdown game against the Buffaloes that saw him grab six passes for 52 yards in all.
The multi-TD game was the first of Egnew's career, and was the first for a Tiger tight end since All-American Chase Coffman had a pair of scores against Kansas in 2008. Egnew is fast on his way to following in the footsteps of Coffman, who was the 2008 recipient of the John Mackey Award, which goes annually to the nation's top tight end. Coffman won the award for his play as a senior in 2008, when he caught 90 passes for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Egnew enters this weekend's game at Texas A&M with 39 receptions for 350 yards and three touchdowns. Saturday's game at College Station, Texas is set for an 11:10 a.m. kickoff, and the game will be televised live on FOX Sports Net.
The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by Tight Ends during the active season. The Tight End of the Week acknowledgment does not have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process. The Nassau County Sports Commission, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization created to enhance quality of life of Nassau County residents through sports, is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.
The 2010 recipient of "The Mackey" will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show December 9, 2010 on ESPN. Please visit www.johnmackeyaward.org for all Mackey Award related information including the John Mackey Selection Committee, the selection process and award criteria, information on all past award recipients and a high resolution image of the award trophy available for download.
For additional information, please visit www.johnmackeyaward.org or www.nassausports.org.