Nov. 18, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan sophomore tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison) has been named a semifinalist for the 2013 John Mackey Award, the organization announced today (Monday, Nov. 18).
Funchess is one of eight semifinalists for the award that goes to the nation's most outstanding tight end. Through 10 games, the Farmington Hills native has hauled in a career-best 42 receptions for a career-high 684 yards and five touchdowns. His 684 receiving yards in 2013 are the most all-time by a U-M tight end in a single season, surpassing Jim Mandich's previous program record of 662 yards in 1969.
Funchess, who posted back-to-back 100-yard receiving efforts earlier this season vs. Minnesota (Oct. 5) and Penn State (Oct. 12), is averaging 89.8 receiving yards per game over his last six outings. He leads all Big Ten tight ends in catches, yards and touchdowns, and he ranks third among FBS tight ends in receiving yards and fourth among FBS tight ends in receptions. Funchess' 918 receiving yards through 23 career games already rank eighth among U-M tight ends on the program's career receiving yardage list.
Finalists for the 2013 John Mackey Award will be announced on Nov. 25. The winner will be named on Dec. 12 as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show.
John Mackey Award Semifinalists
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Ted Bolser, Indiana
Eric Ebron, North Carolina
Devin Funchess, Michigan
Gator Hoskins, Marshall
Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
Nick O'Leary, Florida State
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
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