Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pitta Solidifies Frontrunner Status--Week 5 Update

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 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.


  1. How is Rudolph not included. He is a weekly winner of the award? In 5 games he has 267, with 3 TD's, 4.2 rec/g, 12.7 yds/rec, and 53.4 yds/g...all while being the 3rd option. Not only that be is one of the best blocking TE's in the country.

    I really hope Pitta wins, but not to include Rudolph leaves your list imcomplete.

  2. Thanks for the comment. Rudolph is a great tight end and having a breakout sophomore season, and will likely be in the mix at the end of the season. I included him in my original list of 15 last week (see "Pittas March Toward Mackey Award"), in the second 5 (the contenders) due to his being an underclassman. In this week's review, I only updated the top 5 (what I had called the frontrunners originally).