University of Louisville tight ends Micky Crum and Jordan Davis have been named to the John Mackey Award Watch List, the Friends of John Mackey announced on Tuesday morning.

Crum, a junior from Columbus, Ohio, appeared in only eight games after injuries halted his progress last season. He caught one pass for seven yards in last year’s season opener versus Charlotte after catching 14 passes for 163 yards and three scores in 2015.

A transfer from Texas A&M, Davis, a sophomore from Clear Lake, Texas, sat out last season after joining the Cardinals’ program last fall. In one season for the Aggies in 2015, Davis saw action in 11 games, catching two passes for seven yards, including a three-yard touchdown reception,

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.

The John Mackey Award presented since 2000, recognizes fourteen alumni that have played in the NFL: two-time Super Bowl Champion Daniel Graham (‘01), 2006 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Clark (‘02), Kellen Winslow II (‘03), two-time Super Bowl Champion Heath Miller (‘04), Marcedes Lewis (‘05) of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 2008 Super Bowl Champion Matt Spaeth (‘06), Fred Davis (‘07), Chase Coffman (‘08), D.J. Williams (‘10), Dwayne Allen (’11) of the New England Patriots, Tyler Eifert (’12) of the Cincinnati Bengals, Austin Seferian-Jenkins (’13) of the New York Jets, Nick O’Leary (’14) of the Buffalo Bills, Hunter Henry of the Los Angeles Chargers and 2016 John Mackey Award recipient Jake Butt of the Denver Broncos.

by Rocco Gasparro

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