Edwards, Scaife Named To Tight End 'Watch List'

Texas seniors <B>Brock Edwards </B>and <B>Bo Scaife </B>(remember him?) have been named preliminary contenders for the 2003 John Mackey Award, presented to the nation&#146;s best collegiate TE at the end of the season, it was announced Wednesday. Not bad for a couple of back-ups, huh?

When healthy, both are big-time talents. It’s just that sophomore TE David Thomas will be the starter when two-a-days start in little more than six weeks. At least, that’s what head coach Mack Brown said after the youngster led all receivers in the Orange-White game last March, including a 60-yard scoring sprint off of a throw-back screen pass from QB Chance Mock.

For now, let’s just say Texas has a wealth of talent at TE. The list includes converted OL Neale Tweedie who many insist was the biggest offensive surprise of spring drills. But the national list of 22 candidates includes Scaife and Edwards, who not only are the only pair listed from the same school, they are the only duo tabbed from the Big 12 Conference.

Both rank among Texas’ all-time Top 10 in tight end receiving stats. Scaife, who missed both the 2002 and 1999 seasons with knee injuries, has grabbed 33 passes for 444 yards in 19 career games (10 starts). His best year was 2001 when his 396 yards on 30 receptions made him an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection. The last time Scaife saw action, the 6-3, 250-pounder was gathering in seven Major Applewhite completions for 84 yards and a TD in the 2001 Holiday Bowl win over Washington. Scaife has been listed as the fourth-best TE prospect for the 2004 NFL draft, according to The Sporting News Pro Football Review.

Edwards was voted UT’s Outstanding Tight End after posting 16 catches for 258 yards (16.1 ypc) and one TD in 2002. The 6-5, 250-pound senior started 10 games last season and now has 418 yards on 31 career receptions.

The Mackey Award winner will be announced in December.

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