While two others from the Big XII have won the award, no player from the University of Oklahoma has ever taken home the John Mackey Award in its history. That was until today! The Friends of John Mackey declared Mark Andrews the 2017 recipient of the award given to the nation’s most outstanding tight end.
Over the course of the season, Andrews has provided a big target for his quarterback at 6-5 254-pounds. On 58 receptions, the junior racked up 906 yards for a 15.6 yards per catch average. Reeling in numerous big time catches, Andrews crossed the goal line eight times helping OU to a 12-1 record. With the effort on the field, the tight end became the Oklahoma Sooners’ all-time leader in receiving yards at the position (currently set at 1,713 career yards).
However, Andrews has also made a name for himself in pass protection as well as run blocking. It’s difficult for a tight end to be successful on the collegiate level without these attributes. Knowing the qualities of not gone overlooked, it’s easy to see why Andrews was tabbed as the Mackey Award recipient.