Rutgers University senior tight end Clark Harris (Manahawkin, NJ) has been named to the John Mackey Award watch list for the third straight year. The John Mackey Award is presented annually to the most outstanding tight end in Division I-A college football.
Harris, a two-time First Team All-BIG EAST and 2006 Preseason All-America selection, was the top tight end in the BIG EAST last season in receiving yards and receptions per game. He caught 38 passes for 584 yards with four touchdowns in 2005. Harris enters the 2006 season among the leaders nationally with at least one reception in his last 30 games. He ended last season with a six-catch, 98-yard performance, including a first-quarter touchdown, in the Insight Bowl against Arizona State
. The 6-6, 260-pound Harris is one of three active Scarlet Knights to have recorded more than 100 receptions in his career. Harris enters the 2006 season tied for 10th on RU's all-time receptions list with 109 in 35-games.
The John Mackey Award, presented annually by the Nassau County Sports Commission, was established in 2000 and, in addition to demonstrating outstanding athletic prowess on the field, the recipient must demonstrate positive sportsmanship-like behavior, be in good academic standing and strive to embody the leadership abilities of former college and NFL great tight end John Mackey, both on and off the field. Harris is one of 30 standout tight ends from around the nation to be included on the preseason watch list.
Rutgers opens its 2006 season on Sept. 2 when it travels to the University of North Carolina. The game is set for a 3:30 p.m. start and will be televised nationally on ABC. The Scarlet Knights will open their home schedule at Rutgers Stadium on Sept. 9 against the University of Illinois in another nationally-televised game at noon on ESPN2.