Tight End Ryan Otten National Award Winner

Ryan Otten of San Jose State was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The Western Athletic Conference junior recorded six receptions for 112 yards and a receiving touchdown.

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics

Bethpage, N.Y. (October 5, 2011)

Otten's touchdown put San Jose State up 31-17 in the third quarter and he also had a huge first down catch in the fourth quarter leading to the game winning score as San Jose State beat Colorado State 38-31. The six receptions tie a career high for Otten. Other candidates considered for this week's Mackey Tight End of the Week include Dwayne Allen of Clemson and Cody Fleener of Stanford.

For the season, Otten (Loomis, Calif.) Has 15 receptions for 264 yards and three touchdowns. His 17.6 yards per catch is tops on the team and one of the best averages among all Football Bowl Subdivision tight ends.

The 2011 recipient of "The Mackey" will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show December 8, 2011 on ESPNU. Please visit www.johnmackeyaward.org for all Mackey Award related information including the John Mackey Selection Committee, the selection process and award criteria, information on all past award recipients and a high resolution image of the award trophy available for download.

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 Tight End of the Week acknowledgment does not have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process. The Nassau County Sports Commission, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization sponsored by Briarcliffe College, is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.

The John Mackey Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official website, www.ncfaa.org.

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