One of the top tight ends in Conference USA for the 2016 season landed on a watch list for the top tight end in the nation.
UTEP senior tight end Hayden Plinke was named to the John Mackey Award List today.
Plinke played in 11 games last season, and was named to the Mackey Award Midseason Watch List in 2015 in the middle of a break out year.
He was second on the team with 37 receptions, and 405 receiving yards, and had three games in where he went over 80 yards receiving in his first year as a Miner in 2015.
C-USA had four tight ends recognized on the preseason watch list for the Mackey Award.
NFL Hall of Fame member 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 Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first president of the NFLPA. More information can be found at www.johnmackeyaward.com.