Watchlist season is underway and the Canes are getting plenty of attention. Today, TE Christopher Herndon IV was named to the Mackey Award watchlist.
Here’s more on this announcement from UM Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Senior Christopher Herndon IV was among those players named to the preseason watch list for the 2017 Mackey Award honoring the nation's most outstanding collegiate tight end, it was announced Tuesday.
Herndon is the fourth Hurricane to earn preseason accolades, joining junior defensive lineman Kendrick Norton (Bednarik Award), sophomore linebacker Shaquille Quarterman (Bednarik Award) and junior running back Mark Walton (Maxwell Award).
A Norcross, Ga., native, Herndon made 12 starts last season for the Hurricanes and caught 28 passes totaling 334 yards. Herndon averaged 11.9 yards per reception and hauled in two receiving touchdowns in 2016. In three seasons with the Hurricanes, Herndon has totaled 46 receptions, 571 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Herndon is looking to become the second Hurricane to ever win the Mackey Award; Kellen Winslow II earned the honor in 2003.
The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2017 Mackey Award recipient will be announced on December 6, 2017 and then presented live on December 7, 2017 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.
While he operated in the shadow of 1st round NFL Draft pick David Njoku in 2016, make no mistake that the 6’4” 255lb Herndon is a talented player in his own right.
As a reminder: It was Herndon, not Njoku, who was the breakout star of spring practice for Miami in 2016. Herndon closed a strong spring season with 2 TDs in the spring game at Lockhart stadium in 2016, and followed that up with a solid season.
Herndon ended the 2016 year with 28 catches for 334 yards (11.92ypc) and 2 TDs. Herndon was also a valued blocker from TE, H-Back, and Fullback for the Canes, further evidence of his varied skillset.
Every year there’s seemingly a new player at TE for the Canes who steps into a huge role for the offense. This year, that player is Christopher Herndon IV, and you would be wise to realize that sooner rather than later.