John Milledge Class of 2016 alum and Florida Atlantic University senior Harrison Bryant has been selected as one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, an annual honor bestowed upon college football’s most outstanding tight end. Finalists will be named on Nov. 25, and the 2019 winner will be announced on Dec. 11 and presented the award live on Dec. 12 during The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.
Bryant is arguably the Owls’ (7-3 overall, 5-1 C-USA) top offensive weapon as he leads the team with 708 receiving yards while standing second on the team in catches with 48. Not just that, but the Gray native also leads all FBS tight ends in terms of receiving yardage, which was probably a big factor in his landing as a Mackey semifinalist. His yards total also lands him at 57th in the country among all pass-catchers. Bryant has a pair of touchdown receptions and has at least two more chances to add to that total in FAU’s remaining games.
The other award semifinalists for the nation’s top tight end honor and their stats so far this season are: Hunter Bryant, a junior from Washington who has 647 yards receiving and three touchdowns; Brycen Hopkins, a Perdue senior with 561 yards and three TDs; Brevin Jordan, a Miami sophomore with 495 yards and two scores; Charlie Kolar, an Iowa State sophomore with 549 yards and seven TDs; Albert Okwuegbunam, a junior from Missouri who has 306 yards and six touchdowns; Colby Parkins, a Stanford junior with 492 yards and one score; and Giovanni Ricci, a Western Michigan senior with 611 yards and eight TDs.
Bryant and the Owls are set to travel to the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) Saturday for a 6 p.m. kick before closing out their 2019 regular season at home Nov. 30 against Southern Miss.