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For the second-consecutive season, Jacob Pedersen has earned a place on the watch list for the John Mackey Award.
The Wisconsin senior is among 37 players named to the list of players earning preseason consideration for the award, which is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding tight end. Pedersen was also on the watch list last season after being named a semifinalist for the award as a sophomore in 2011.
This marks the sixth time in seven seasons that Wisconsin has placed a tight end on the Mackey Award watch list. Including Pedersen’s nod for the Badgers, seven Big Ten schools are represented on this year’s Mackey Award watch list.
The term “most outstanding” is a familiar one for Pedersen, who collected first-team All-Big Ten laurels and was named Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year last season. He tallied 27 receptions for 355 yards -- an average of 13.1 yards per catch -- and scored four touchdowns on the season.
Pedersen had similar yardage numbers but hauled in eight touchdown receptions in 2011, earning him recognition as Wisconsin’s third-ever Mackey Award semifinalist. He went on to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors.
With 14 career touchdown receptions, Pedersen enters 2013 needing just one TD grab to match Pat Richter and Lee DeRamus for the ninth-most in UW history (15).
A midseason watch list for the Mackey Award will be announced on Oct. 14, with the announcement of semifinalist set for Nov. 18 and the finalists to be revealed on Nov. 25.
The Mackey Award is named in honor of Pro Football Hall of Famer John Mackey, who won Super Bowl V with the Baltimore Colts and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection between 1963 and 1968.
2013 Award Watch Lists
• Maxwell Award (player of the year): James White
• Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year): Chris Borland
• John Mackey Award (outstanding tight end): Jacob Pedersen
• Paul Hornung Award (most versatile): Jared Abbrederis