Apologies for posting this a bit late, but four Big Ten tight ends appear on the midseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end.
Drake Dunsmore, senior, Northwestern
Jacob Pedersen, sophomore, Wisconsin
Kyler Reed, junior, Nebraska
Jake Stoneburner, junior, Ohio State
Among these players, Pedersen and Stoneburner have the best chances to advance for the award. Both men have been extremely effective at getting in the end zone: six of Stoneburner's 12 catches have gone for touchdowns, while Pedersen has five touchdown grabs on 17 total receptions. Stoneburner leads Ohio State in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, while Pedersen ranks third for Wisconsin in receiving and second in receiving touchdowns.
Are there any Big Ten snubs? Michigan's Kevin Koger (12 receptions, 135 yards, 2 TDs), Indiana's Ted Bolser (11 receptions, 141 yards, 1 TD) and Illinois' Evan Wilson (6 receptions, 3 TDs) both have had nice seasons.
Semifinalists for the Mackey Award are announced Nov. 14, and finalists are selected Nov. 21. The winner will be announced Dec. 8 during the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards show.