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Kentucky Wildcats' C.J. Conrad named Mackey Tight End of the Week

C.J. Conrad's career game in Kentucky's win over New Mexico State has led to the Wildcats' sophomore being named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week.

Conrad caught five passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns in UK's 62-42 win over the Aggies, all career highs. His 72-yard touchdown reception from Stephen Johnson in the first quarter marked the longest play of his college career. He later added red-zone scores of 9 and 17 yards.

The three touchdown receptions were the most by a Wildcat since Dicky Lyons Jr. in a 2007 game against Florida. The 133 yards marked the third-highest total by a tight end in UK history.

In July, Conrad was named to the 2016 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List honoring the nation's top tight end.

The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by tight ends during the active season. The weekly acknowledgment does not have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process, for which eight semifinalists will be announced in November.


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