The award watch lists continue to roll out. Today, The Mackey Award names were released. Here is a look at the four Big East candidates.
Ryan Griffin (UConn): He was third on the team in receiving last year with 31 receptions. Griffin could have an even bigger year this season with more consistency from the QB position. He's known for having very solid technique, which should help him get to the next level. If he wants to win this award, he will have to find the endzone a lot more.
2010 Stats: 31 Rec, 245 Yards, 1 TD
Josh Chichester (Louisville): He ended up having a fairly consistent season for the Cards. Chichester only totaled 22 receptions, but five went for touchdowns. The converted WR has shown lots of promise at the position, and could really break out in 2011.
2010 Stats: 22 Rec, 317 Yards, 5 TDs
D.C. Jefferson (Rutgers): A little surprising Jefferson made the list, though just about every team has a representative. Rutgers fans are still waiting to see the 6'6", 258lb manchild take over. He had only 10 receptions last season, and none past November 3rd. It will take a Herculean effort to pull down this award.
2010 Stats: 10 Rec, 166 Yards, 1 TD
Nick Provo (Syracuse): Just like everyone else on the Orange, Provo busted through in 2010. He ended the season with 33 receptions, with an average of 11 yards-per-catch. He's expected to have an even bigger role in 2011, especially with his QB quickly maturing. Just like Griffin, he will have to light up the endzone a bit more to be considered for the Mackey.
2010 Stats: 33 Rec, 365 Yards, 1 TD