NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt senior Jared Pinkney has been named to the John Mackey Award preseason watch list.
Pinkney, a three-year starter from Norcross, Georgia, is among eight players from the Southeastern Conference named to the Mackey watch list. The award, which honors NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey, is presented annually to the nation’s top tight end.
Pinkney has racked up numerous preseason honors. Earlier this week, he was among four tight ends included on the Biletnikoff Award watch list, given to the nation’s top receiver. He has earned also earned preseason All-America recognition from Street & Smith’s, The Sporting News and Phil Steele. Pinkney has been included in virtually every All-SEC preseason team.
Pinkney ranks as the nation’s leading returnees at tight end. His 774 receiving yards from a year ago is the most of any tight end returning for the 2019 season. His 50 receptions and seven touchdown catches also rank among top returning totals for his position.
Pinkney was a two-time Mackey Award player of the week recipient in 2018, earning the honor after superb road performances against Notre Dame and Arkansas.
Pinkney enters his final year with 94 career receptions, 1,327 receiving yards and 12 touchdown catches, all tops nationally among tight ends.
The Mackey Award recipient will be announced Dec. 11, and presented live Dec. 12 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl title, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first president of the NFLPA.
Also announced Friday was the recognition of Pinkney and two senior teammates — Kalija Lipscomb and Ke’Shawn Vaughn — as All-SEC preseason honorees from voters attending SEC Media Days.
Lipscomb, a wide receiver from New Orleans, and Vaughn, a running back from Nashville, joined Pinkney as second team all-conference recipients from media members.
All three Commodore standouts are among the SEC’s most productive returnees. Lipscomb topped the conference last year with 87 receptions. Vaughn’s 1,244 rushing yards in 2018, the second highest total in team history, is the most of any SEC returning running back.