Florida State senior Nick O'Leary might force his grandfather to move a couple of trophies on the family mantel to make room for his latest honor.
On Wednesday, O'Leary was named the 2014 recipient of the John Mackey Award, presented annually to the collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics and community values of Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey. O'Leary will receive the award on Thursday. He was a semifinalist in 2013 but soon will have another trophy to maybe put next to one of his grandfather's. O'Leary is the grandson of Jack Nicklaus, who won a record 18 golf majors and is third with 73 PGA Tour wins.
“I'm honored to be chosen as the winner of the 2014 Mackey Award,” O’Leary told Seminoles.com. “The Mackey Award is something that all tight ends dream of winning, and I'd like to thank the committee and all the voters for selecting me. My coaches, teammates and family have given me great support, and I want to thank them, too. My goal has been to be one of the best there is out there. A lot of great players have won this award, and I want to be able to carry on the tradition that comes with being a Mackey Award winner.”
As a senior, O'Leary caught 47 passes for 614 yards and six touchdowns, which ranks second on the Seminoles this season. He also is the school's career leader among tight ends in receptions (113), receiving yards (1,587) and touchdowns (17). His 17 career scores ranks second in ACC history among tight ends.
He was also named first team on the coaches' All-ACC team Wednesday.