I have some great news for y'all. Forty-five student athletes were named to the 2016 Mackey Award watch list, and 18 are bona fide Underdogs. That's 40% of the list, bruthas! Fist pump!
Here's the bad news: since the founding of the Mackey Award in the year 2000, zero Underdogs have won. Zero! What, like we don't have good tight ends or something?
Anyway, check to see if your tight end made the list.
Underdogs who appear on the 2016 Mackey Award Watch List
Barrett Burns, Appalachian St. Mountaineers
Connor Cella, Rice Owls
Buck Cowan, Idaho Vandals
Elkanah Dillon, South Florida Bulls
DJ Dowdy, Cincinnati Bearcats
Billy Freeman, San Jose State Spartans
Jarred Gipson, Nevada Wolf Pack
Wyatt Houston, Utah State Aggies
Hayden Plinke, Texas-El Paso Miners
Michael Roberts, Toledo Rockets
Jake Roh, Boise State Broncos
Keith Rucker, Georgia State Panthers
Mason Schrek, Buffalo Bulls
Jonnu Smith, FIU Panthers
Todd Stafford, Massachusetts Minutemen
Colin Thompson, Temple Owls
Cody Tuttle, Eastern Michigan Eagles
Ryan Yurachek, Marshall Thundering Herd
Gerald Everett, South Alabama Jaguars