Harrison Bryant

Harrison Bryant

John Milledge Academy alum and Florida Atlantic University tight end Harrison Bryant is one of three finalists for the 2019 John Mackey Award, the award committee announced Monday. 

The Mackey Award is given annually to college football’s most outstanding tight end as voted on by a 14-member committee made up of former tight end greats and football pundits. 

This year’s award will be announced Dec. 11 and presented to the winner Dec. 12 during The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show beginning at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

A native of Gray and 2016 JMA alum, Bryant is saving some of his best play for his senior season down in Boca Raton, Florida as he leads tight ends across the country with 58 receptions and 890 receiving yards. His exceptional yardage total actually places him 31st among all of major college football’s pass-catchers. Bryant had the biggest day of his FAU career last weekend in a 40-26 victory over the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) where he caught 10 balls for 192 yards and a touchdown. The performance was especially huge in that it put FAU in first place in Conference USA’s East Division, meaning a win this weekend against Southern Miss clinches the division title and home-field advantage in the conference championship. 

The other players joining Bryant as 2019 Mackey Award finalists are Hunter Bryant of Washington and Brevin Jordan of Miami. Hunter Bryant has caught 46 balls for 729 yards and three touchdowns as a junior. His yards total places him 68th among all pass-catchers and a good 160 yards behind his FAU counterpart. The numbers for Miami’s Jordan are significantly lower at 35 receptions for 495 yards and two touchdowns. 

According to the John Mackey Award’s selection criteria, players must be a “true tight end” with the ability to block while also possessing the ability to continue playing the position at the professional level. Positive sportsmanship, good academic standing and leadership on and off the field are all qualities examined by the Mackey committee. Bryant, who finished up his high school career at John Milledge under head coach JT Wall, recently accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, an event where scouts often evaluate possible next-level talent.

Harrison Bryant and his fellow finalists have one final game with which to impress voters this weekend before the award winner is announced. Bryant and the FAU Owls are scheduled to host Southern Miss Saturday in Boca Raton. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game can be viewed on NFL Network. 

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