The Mackey Award will be announced on Dec. 10 and presented at the Home Deport Awards Pre-Show on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.
Walford leads all Miami pass-catchers with 40 receptions this season and ranks second on the team with 627 receiving yards through 11 games. A graduate of Belle Glade HS, Walford is second on the team with seven touchdown receptions.
A midseason All-America pick by Phil Steele, Walford stands as the most prolific tight ends in Miami football history. The 6-4 senior has 1,604 career receiving yards and 14 career receiving touchdowns – both all-time bests for the position.
Joining Walford as a finalists for the Mackey Award are Nick O’Leary (Florida State) and Maxx Williams (Minnesota).
Walford is looking to become the second Mackey Award winner in Miami history, joining Kellen Winslow II (2003).
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