(The headline writer did this on purpose, right? … It’s from NCAA.com … Maybe it’s just my sophomoric sense of humor.)
The winner for the award for the nation’s best tight end went to Jake Butt, a Michigan senior.
Butt was announced on Wednesday (Dec. 7) as the recipient of the John Mackey Award presented by the Friends of John Mackey. The award honors the most outstanding tight end in college football.
“It’s a great honor first and foremost, especially for this team,” said Butt in an article on NCAA.com. “One thing Coach (Jim) Harbaugh says, ‘A rising tide raises all ships.’ So it’s great to win this award. I want to thank the guys in this group; this is our award, really it’s not a one-man award.”
In 2016, Butt had 43 receptions for 508 yards and four touchdowns. He is the team’s second-leading receiver on the season, just behind wide receiver Amara Darboh (52 receptions for 826 yards).