Trey McBride Named Finalist for John Mackey Award

Trey McBride Named Finalist for John Mackey Award


November 23, 2021

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Trey McBride Named Finalist for John Mackey Award

The Fort Morgan native leads the nation’s tight ends in receptions and yards.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – For the first time in program history, a Colorado State tight end has been named a finalist for the nation’s top award for the position as senior tight end Trey McBride earned the distinction on Tuesday.

McBride was one of three tight ends included in the awards finalist group joining Iowa State’s Charlie Kolar and Texas A&M’s Jalen Wydermyer.

The national leader among tight ends in receptions, yards, receptions per game, yards per game, and 100-yard receiving games, McBride is a true throwback at the position as he has accrued 84 receptions and 1,008 yards while taking 70 percent of his snaps as an attached tight end.

He is just the 13th tight end in FBS history to tally a 1,000-yard receiving season and currently ranks No. 12 all-time with the chance to move up multiple spots with one game to go. McBride is also the only player in the country who takes 70 percent or more of his snaps from an in-line position to eclipse 40 receptions and 550 yards.

The gap is that big.

Entering his final game as a Ram on Saturday against Nevada, McBride is Colorado State’s career leader in yards and receptions by a tight end and currently ranks as Pro Football Focus’ highest graded receiver in the nation, regardless of position.

Relative to any previous Mackey Award winner, McBride has more receptions, more yards, and more 100-yard receiving games than any previous winner through 11 games, and he is the fourth-most utilized player in his team’s passing offense in the country. The do-it-all tight end accounts for 38 percent of Colorado State’s completions this season.

In ESPN draft expert Todd McShay’s most recent Big Board, McBride was the top tight end and mocked to go No. 29 overall in the first round.

He is the only non-specialist announced as a finalist for the major national awards on Tuesday from outside the Power 5 conferences including the Mountain West.

The 2021 John Mackey Award recipient will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 9 on The Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN at 7 p.m. MT. Last season, the show moved to a virtual format which will continue for 2021.

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Kyle Neaves

Associate Athletic Director for Communications

Colorado State University Athletics

C: 228-424-6921