Leggett among contenders for Mackey Award

For the second consecutive season Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett has been named to the Mackey Award Watch List. The former Navarre standout was a finalist for the honor a year ago. The award is given to the top eight end in the nation and is named in honor of former Louisville and Baltimore Colts tight end John Mackey.

Leggett had a breakout year in 2015 as he caught 40 passes for 525 yards and eight touchdowns while helping the Tigers march to the national championship game. Leggett caught his final TD of the year in the title game, making a 24-yard grab with 12 seconds to go in a 45-40 loss to Alabama in Glendale, Ariz. He finished with five catches for 78 yards in the game.

Leggett led the Tigers in TD receptions and tied a school record for most TD catches in a season in the process.

At one point last season he caught at least one TD pass in five consecutive games, a record for a Clemson tight end.

His NFL Draft stock rose because of his success and Leggett likely would have been taken early in the draft had he gone pro. But he opted to return for his senior season, citing the chance to contend for a national championship and the opportunity to earn his degree in December.

For a complete look at the 45 players named to the watch list, click here.

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