Cal Football: Ray Hudson Named To John Mackey Award Watch List
BERKELEY – Cal senior tight end Ray Hudson was named Monday to the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List for the honor given annually to the nation’s most outstanding tight end since 2000. The award honors Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey.
“I am honored to be on the watch list for the John Mackey Award,” Hudson said. “It is a great privilege to represent the University of California.”
Hudson has played in 34 games with nine starts over the last three seasons at Cal from 2014-16 after redshirting as a 2013 true freshman, compiling career totals of 34 receptions and 429 yards receiving that both rank third among active Cal players while his three touchdown receptions are tied for third. Hudson put up his biggest receiving numbers as a 2016 junior when he played in 11 games with a career-high seven starts and contributed 16 receptions for 165 yards receiving and the first three touchdown catches of his collegiate career.
Hudson the first Cal player on the John Mackey Award Watch List since current Green Bay Packers’ tight end Richard Rodgers in 2012.
The winner of the 2017 John Mackey Award will be announced on December 6, 2017, and then presented live at the Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show televised by ESPNU on December 7, 2017.
The John Mackey Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 23 awards boast over 745 years of tradition-selected excellence. The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month from July 10-21. Seventeen of the association’s 23 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates.