This marks the second time this season that Beckum has earned this honor. Beckum caught a career high-tying eight passes for 70 yards and a touchdown last week during Wisconsin's 24-21 win at Iowa.
Beckum has a team-high 51 receptions for 686 yards and four TDs. His 686 receiving yards are the most in the nation among tight ends. His 51 receptions are a Wisconsin record for tight ends and are the ninth-most ever in a season by a Badger. Beckum leads the Big Ten with 75.1 receiving yards per game in conference games.
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 non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization created to enhance quality of life of Nassau County residents through sports, is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. The 2006 recipient of "The Mackey" will be announced on Dec. 7, 2006 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show live on ESPN and presented at the Nassau County Sports Commission Annual Awards Dinner on April 30, 2007.