CU Tight end Daniel Graham caught 53 passes for 753 yards and six touchdowns in 2001. On Wednesday, he was awarded the second annual, John Mackey award, presented to the nation's top tight end.
The BCS wanted to give it to some guy from Nebraska.
Graham beat out Oklahoma's Trent Smith and Miami's Jeremy Shockey for the honor. Not only was Graham a pass-catching threat, but his blocking helped the CU running attack become one of the toughest in the nation.
"I take a lot of pride (in blocking), and I'm sure that had to play a role in my winning this award. I'm just happy now that I've achieved all the goals that I set, and I set them as high as I could.Those were to be All-Big 12, All-American and the Mackey winner." Graham said.
Graham and fellow Buff Andre Gurode were also named first-team A.P. All-Americans on Tuesday. FS Michael Lewis made it on the third-team.