Dennis Pitta (5 catches, 83 yards, 2 TD) was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week for week 5, collecting the honor for the third time (after being named twice last year). He is the sixth player to have received the weekly award at least three times (last year’s winner Chase Coffman of Missouri also had won the weekly award three times). Last week I gave an update on the race for the Mackey Award and profiled five players that I consider the frontrunners, five contenders, and five dark horses (you can read that article at http://www.byucougs.com/2009/10/pittas-march-toward-mackey-award.html). Here is an update on the five frontrunners after week 5:
Player, Class, School G Rec Yds TD rec/g yds/rec yds/g
Dennis Pitta, Sr, BYU 5 26 339 3 5.20 13.0 67.8
Ed Dickson, Sr, Oregon 5 22 309 4 4.40 14.0 61.8
Cody Slate, Sr, Marshall 5 26 289 2 5.20 11.1 57.8
Garrett Graham, Sr, Wisc 5 23 268 4 4.60 11.7 53.6
Jamie McCoy, Sr, TA&M 4 18 209 0 4.50 11.6 52.3
McCoy seems to be slipping behind the top four who are all very close at this point, and Pitta strengthened his frontrunner status this week as he is now leading in receptions (tied with Marshall’s Slate), total yards, and yards per game (although he trails Erik Highsmith of North Carolina who averages 72.5 yards/game).
An offical mid-season watch list will be released by the Nassau County Sports Commission on Monday, Oct 19.