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Originally published July 8, 2014 at 01:43p.m., updated July 8, 2014 at 11:39p.m.

KU’s Jimmay Mundine on national watch list for tight ends

Kansas tight end Jimmay Mundine (41) eludes TCU's Sam Carter (17) for a touchdown in the second half of TCU's 27-17 victory over KU on Oct. 12, 2013.

Kansas tight end Jimmay Mundine (41) eludes TCU's Sam Carter (17) for a touchdown in the second half of TCU's 27-17 victory over KU on Oct. 12, 2013.

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Players and coaches on Big 12 defenses won't be the only folks looking out for Kansas University senior tight end Jimmay Mundine this fall.

The John Mackey Award Selection Committee has placed Mundine, a 6-foot-2 senior from Denison, Texas, on its preseason watch list.

Awarded to the nation's most outstanding collegiate tight end since 2000, the Mackey Award is named in honor of collegiate and professional all-time great John Mackey, a product of Syracuse. He played 10 years of professional football as a tight end. Spending nine seasons with the Baltimore Colts and one year with the San Diego Chargers, Mackey found success on and off the field as he was a Super Bowl champion and a member of the NFL Hall of Fame, as well as the first president of the National Football League Players Association.

Mundine was one of three tight ends hailing from the Big 12 Conference, and one of the 38 total nominees, selected for the committee's preliminary watch list. Mundine returns as KU's active leader in touchdown catches (eight), while ranking second in receptions (41) and receiving yards (498).

After a breakout year in 2013, Mundine completed the season in third place among Big 12 tight ends in receptions and yards, resulting in All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors as voted by league coaches. Out of the nine total touchdowns thrown by Kansas quarterbacks a season ago, Mundine caught a team-high five, including a streak of four straight games with a touchdown reception.

Semifinalists for the award will be revealed on Nov. 17, while on Nov. 24 the list will be trimmed down to three finalists. The winner of the 2014 Mackey Award will be announced on Dec. 11 as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show.

KU's 2014 season begins Sept. 6, when the Jayhawks play host to Southeast Missouri State at Memorial Stadium.

Stuckey back in town

Former KU safety and current San Diego Charger Darrell Stuckey will host a one-day clinic for area youth ages 14-18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Free State High.

The Darrell Stuckey FUNdamentals Camp will feature USA Football’s FUNdamentals curriculum, which is designed to introduce young players to football by teaching basic skills and drills in a non-contact setting.

To register, log on to www.usafootball.com/fun.

Comments

Glen Miller 8 years, 1 month ago

I'm a KU fan and this is great for our program..... but the pickens must be slim this season at TE.

Andy Hess 8 years, 1 month ago

I thought the same thing, Glen. My first thought was "So, what is this watch list watching? The number of drops he has in a season?"

This law school paper I'm working on has me extra snarky today.

Andy Hess 8 years, 1 month ago

wasn't trying to name drop, but it looks like you win the "who's a bigger d-bag" contest. congratulations.

i'll criticize bad play all i want.

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 1 month ago

I'm guessing that Brett McCabe was joking about pre-med/neurosurgeon bit. I'd guess that he's well beyond his bachelor's degree. He may or may not be a doctor, he just doesn't have any patience.

Glen Miller 8 years, 1 month ago

Awwwww, did somebody get butt hurt because his opinion didn't match mine. Get over it dude. I'm not bashing the guy, but the numbers just aren't there for this kid thus far to support he's going to be one of the top TE's in the country. Just because I am a fan doesn't mean I can't be critical of my team.

Mark Lindrud 8 years, 1 month ago

He hasn't shown much, but maybe this is the time he does. Jimmay!

David A. Smith 8 years, 1 month ago

Like the other folks catching the rock, much of his success will hinge on our new offensive coaches.

Andy Hess 8 years, 1 month ago

"Mundine returns as KU's active leader in touchdown catches (eight)..."

That should speak volumes as to how bad this team is offensively. I mean...the team's LEADING receiver is a Senior Tight End with only 8 touchdowns in three years of work. That's flat out awful. Here's hoping Coach Reagan can turn this bunch into winners, and quickly.

Jim Jackson 8 years, 1 month ago

Albeit he did have some drops at critical times last year, Mundine is very adept at getting open. I am sure new receivers coach Eric Kiesau will also be assisting with his development in terms of receiving.

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