Utah State’s Wyatt Houston named to John Mackey Award watch list

Utah State tight end Wyatt Houston (83) falls over Akron linebacker Dylan Evans (54) during the first half of the Idaho Potato Bowl NCAA college football game in Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State senior tight end Wyatt Houston has been named to the 2016 John Mackey Award Watch List, it was announced Wednesday by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The John Mackey Award is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end.

Presented since 2000, the John Mackey Award lists fourteen alumni to have played in the NFL.

Houston is one of four Mountain West tight ends named to the John Mackey Award Watch List along with San Jose State senior Billy Freeman, Nevada senior Jarred Gipson and Boise State junior Jake Roh. Houston is also the only tight end from the state of Utah recognized.

In all, Houston is one of just 45 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) tight ends named to the John Mackey Award Watch List.

Entering his senior season, Houston is also named a preseason fourth-team all-Mountain West selection by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele.

Houston, a 6-foot-4, 255-pounder from Tualatin, Ore. (Horizon Christian HS), played in all 13 games in 2015, making nine starts as he finished the year with 25 receptions for 307 yards (12.3 ypc) with three touchdowns. As a junior, he ranked fourth on the team in receptions, third in receiving yards and tied for second in touchdown catches. During the year, he tied his career high with four receptions for a career-best 66 yards against Wyoming (10/30), while catching a career-best two touchdowns against the Cowboys.

For his career, Houston has caught 51 passes for 603 yards (11.8 ypr) and seven touchdowns in 33 games with 19 starts.

The winner of the 2016 John Mackey Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 7.

Utah State returns 12 starters (O-9, D-3) and 38 letterwinners (O-20, D-15, S-3) from last year’s team that posted a 6-7 record, finished tied for second in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 5-3 mark, and ended its season by playing in a school-record fifth-straight bowl game as it faced Akron in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Utah State will open the 2016 season on Thursday, Sept. 1, at home against Weber State and will begin Mountain West play on Saturday, Sept. 24, at home against Air Force.

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