USM's Nelson Named To John Mackey Award Watch List
July 26, 2006
Southern Miss redshirt sophomore tight end Shawn Nelson has been named to the John Mackey Award Watch List, as announced by the Nassau County Sports Commission. Nelson was one of three sophomores named to the list and the only tight end from Conference USA to be selected. The John Mackey Award is given annually to the best collegiate tight end. The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and announced in mid-December.
Nelson already has been tabbed preseason All-Conference USA by Athlon's, C-USA Coaches, Street and Smiths and The Sporting News.
In 2005, Nelson had the best season by a Golden Eagle tight end in school history, earning Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News and collegefootballnews.com. He was named third-team All-Conference USA and selected to Conference USA's All-Freshman team, as he led the team with 35 catches for 540 yards, averaging 15.4 yards per catch, while scoring five touchdowns. He was named the MVP in the New Orleans Bowl after he finished with six catches for 121 yards and scored two touchdowns.
NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.
The John Mackey Award presented since 2000, lists five NFL players as alumni: Dallas Clark ('01) of the Indianapolis Colts, two-time Super Bowl Champion, Daniel Graham ('02) of the New England Patriots, Kellen Winslow, Jr. ('03) of the Cleveland Browns, Heath Miller ('04) of the 2006 Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers and Marcedes Lewis ('05) of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
2006 JOHN MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST
Player Year School
Martellus Bennett So. Texas A&M John Carlson Sr. Notre Dame Scott Chandler Sr. Iowa Daniel Coats Sr. BYU Chase Coffman So. Missouri Fred Davis Jr. USC Tyler Ecker Sr. Michigan Marcel Frost Jr. Ohio State Jason Goode Jr. Maryland Johnny Harline Sr. BYU Clark Harris Sr. Rutgers Matt Herian Sr. Nebraska Jamaal Lewis Sr. Arizona State Zach Miller Jr. Arizona State Martrez Milner Sr. Georgia Dan Murray Jr. Connecticut Shawn Nelson So. Southern Miss Joe Newton Sr. Oregon State Greg Olsen Jr. Miami, Fla. Ben Patrick Sr. Delaware Dante Rosario Sr. Oregon Martin Rucker Jr. Missouri Tom Santi Jr. Virginia Derek Schouman Sr. Boise State Samuel Smith Sr. Florida Int'l Matt Spaeth Sr. Minnesota Kory Sperry Jr. Colorado State Matt Traverso Jr. Stanford Chad Upshaw Sr. Buffalo Brad Wood Sr. Arizona