The award is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end and is named for the NFL Hall of Famer widely considered the best to ever play his position.
Conrad, a sophomore tight end from Ohio, is the Wildcats' second-leading receiver at the midpoint of the season with 12 catches for 169 yards and three touchdowns. He is one of 30 players nationally to be named to the watch list.
Earlier this season, Conrad was named the Mackey Tight End of the Week after catching five passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns in UK's 62-42 win over New Mexico State. He was the first tight end to have three touchdowns in a game for the Wildcats since All-American James Whalen in 1999.
The award winner will be announced Dec. 7 and presented live on Dec. 8 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
Previous winners include: two-time Super Bowl Champion Daniel Graham (‘01), 2006 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Clark (‘02), Kellen Winslow II (‘03), two-time Super Bowl Champion Heath Miller (‘04), Marcedes Lewis (‘05) of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 2008 Super Bowl Champion Matt Spaeth (‘06) of the of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Fred Davis (‘07), Chase Coffman (‘08), D.J. Williams (‘10), Dwayne Allen (’11) of the Indianapolis Colts, Tyler Eifert (’12) of the Cincinnati Bengals, Austin Seferian-Jenkins (’13) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Nick O’Leary (’14) of the Buffalo Bills and 2015 recipient Hunter Henry of the San Diego Chargers.