Another day, another UK Football player making a national award watch list. Yesterday, it was Benny Snell and Jordan Jones, today, it’s CJ Conrad. This morning, the junior tight end was named to the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List for the third straight season. The Mackey Award is given annually to the best tight end in college football.
Conrad was fourth on the team in receiving in 2016 with 19 catches for 262 yards and four touchdowns. His best game came against New Mexico State when he caught five passes for a career-high 133 yards and three touchdowns, making him the first player since Dicky Lyons Jr., vs. Florida on Oct. 20, 2007 to have three receiving touchdowns in a game. He also was the first tight end with 100 receiving yards in a game since Jacob Tamme vs. Tennessee on Nov. 24, 2007. The 133 receiving yards are the third-most by a tight end in Kroger Field history.
Congrats, CJ. Here’s to another big season.