Jordan Leggett set a lot of goals for himself when he began his football career at Clemson.
Winning the Mackey Award was one of them. So to be one of three finalists for an award that goes to the top tight end in the nation (the winner was announced Wednesday) means a great deal to the former Navarre standout.
“It’s crazy to be a finalist,” Leggett said during a phone interview last week. “One of my goals when I got here was to win the Mackey Award. It’s something I’ve strived for and it’s nice to see that effort be rewarded by being named a finalist.”
Leggett, a junior, went into this season confident he would have a breakout year. His stats show that he has, helping the Tigers go 13-0 during the regular season and rise to the No. 1 spot in the country.
Leggett has caught 34 passes for 442 yards and seven touchdowns, his latest score coming in the 45-37 win over North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game Saturday. Earlier this season, he set a school record by catching at least one touchdown pass in five-consecutive games.
“It’s been a fun season and I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success,” Leggett said. “I put in a lot of hard work in the offseason and have done things the right way on and off the field. It’s great to see it all pay off. I’m living a dream right now.”
The Tigers are living the dream as a team, too, earning a spot in the College Football Playoff. They play in a national semifinal on New Year’s Eve in Miami against Oklahoma. Clemson is aiming for its first national title since 1981 when it was voted No. 1 after beating Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
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