Nov. 23, 2005
The Nassau County Sports Commission (NCSC) has announced its three finalists for the 2005 John Mackey Award. Marcedes Lewis of UCLA, Vernon Davis of Maryland and Anthony Fasano of Notre Dame are the final three candidates for "The Mackey." Lewis is the only returning finalist from last year.
Lewis leads the Bruins with 55 receptions, 711 yards (12.9 average) and 10 receiving touchdowns -- all career highs and UCLA records for tight ends. His 55 catches shattered the old mark of 44, his 711 yards broke the old record of 631 and his 10 touchdowns broke the mark of seven he set last year.
In his last five games, he has made 32 receptions for 407 yards and eight touchdowns.
His average of 5.50 receptions is second nationally among tight ends and his 10 touchdown receptions rank No. 1. He ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with his average of 5.50 receptions, eighth with his average of 71.10 yards per game and third (tied) with his 10 receiving touchdowns. He ranks first in the league among tight ends in all three categories.
His 55 receptions rank No. 8 (tied) on UCLA's single-season list.
His 21 career touchdown catches stand as a UCLA record by a tight end and rank No. 2 overall, trailing only J.J. Stokes' record of 28. His 123 receptions rank No. 1 on UCLA's career tight end receiving list and ninth on the school career receptions list. His 1,541 yards also rank No. 1 among tight ends and 14th overall.
The three finalists were determined by confidential balloting of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. The 2005 recipient of "The Mackey" will be announced the week of December 5, 2005 and presented at the annual awards dinner on May 1, 2006.
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. The Nassau County Sports Commission, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization created to enhance quality of life in "America's First Playground" through sports, is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.
For additional information, please visit www.johnmackeyaward.org or www.nassausports.org.