The Friends of John Mackey released the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award today. As one would expect, Brevin Jordan’s name was included on the list, along with 35 other collegiate tight ends.
Despite missing the last few games of last season with a foot injury, Jordan finished second on the team in receiving yards (395) and third in catches (35). He was named a finalist for the 2019 Mackey Award, along with Harrison Bryant from FAU and Hunter Bryant from Washington. Although you have to wonder if a healthy Jordan would have been able to claim the award (and help Miami avoid its string of awful losses to end the year), Harrison Bryant had a great year (65 catches, 1004 yards, 7 touchdowns) and was certainly a worthy selection.
Now, both Bryants are gone to the NFL, leaving Jordan as the only remaining finalist from last year. There are a number of rising tight ends who could put up competitive numbers, like Kyle Pitts from Florida and Pat Freiermuth from Penn State, but there’s no doubt Jordan has the attention and respect from the award’s decision makers.
Sure, individual awards are “eh” to some folks, but if there’s one position where Miami has proven it should undoubtedly be given (positional group) U, it would be at tight end. Continuing to succeed there in both productivity, accolades, and future NFL success is only going to help restock the position with talented players. You also have to love it for the players when they are duly recognized for their hard work on and off the field, which the Mackey Award specifically claims to do. It’s own standards state:
The John Mackey Award is given to the collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics, and community values of NFL Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey.
Congrats to Brevin on being a finalist last year and being included on the watch list for this year. Hopefully a 2020 season happens, and it’s a highly productive one for Jordan with a dynamic quarterback and innovative offensive coordinator.