It’s safe to say that the month of July is known for the lead up to college football, and with it the end of season national awards releasing their watch lists. For the Ohio University Bobcats, that has come in the form of senior tight end Troy Mangen being named to the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, given annually to the nation’s best tight end.
This is the second straight year Mangen has been named to the list, and for Ohio to have another successful year on the gridiron, Mangen will need to build on last year’s numbers. Catching 15 balls for 145 yards, but being a valuable run blocker for the Bobcats, Mangen is an unsung hero for a consistent Bobcats offensive unit. For the Bobcats to have a shot both divisionally and conference-wide, Mangen will need to be a heavy presence.
Per Ohio’s release...
The Friends of John Mackey have released the 2017 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end. Included for the second-straight year is Ohio’s senior tight end Troy Mangen.
Mangen started in all 14 games for Ohio last season and caught 15 passes for 145 yards and with one touchdown reception. Mangen averaged 9.5 yards per catch and had two catches for 20-plus yards in 2016.
NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.
Ohio opens play this season on September 2, at home against Hampton at 7PM. That game will be televised on ESPN3.