DURHAM, N.C. – Duke junior Noah Gray has been selected to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which honors the nation’s most outstanding tight end by the Friends of John Mackey. It is the first career selection for Gray to the watch list.
Gray, a 6-4, 240-pound native of Leominster, Mass., is the projected starter at tight end. In 26 career games, he owns 25 receptions for 271 yards (10.84) and three touchdowns. Gray has seven games with two or more receptions, including a career-high five catches at Pittsburgh in 2018.
Last fall, Gray caught 20 passes for 234 yards (11.70) and one TD, against Virginia Tech. He had two or more receptions in six games. He had a campaign-best 48 receiving yards against Pittsburgh. Gray coupled with teammates Daniel Helm (2) and Davis Koppenhaver (7) to form the only tight end group in the ACC to combine for 10 or more touchdowns.
The Mackey Award is named in honor of the Pro Football Hall of Fame member who is considered to be the best tight end in history. Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl championship, commitment to community and place in history as the first president of the NFLPA.
The John Mackey Award presented since 2000, recognizes fifteen alumni that have played in the NFL: two-time Super Bowl Champion Daniel Graham (‘01), 2006 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Clark (‘02), Kellen Winslow II (‘03), two-time Super Bowl Champion Heath Miller (‘04), Marcedes Lewis (‘05) of the Green Bay Packers, 2008 Super Bowl Champion Matt Spaeth (‘06), Fred Davis (‘07), Chase Coffman (‘08), D.J. Williams (‘10), Dwayne Allen (’11) of the Miami Dolphins, Tyler Eifert (’12) of the Cincinnati Bengals, Austin Seferian-Jenkins (’13), Nick O’Leary (’14) of the Miami Dolphins, Hunter Henry (’15) of the Los Angeles Chargers, Jake Butt (‘16) of the Denver Broncos, Mark Andrews (’17) of the Baltimore Ravens and 2018 John Mackey Award recipient T.J. Hockenson of the Detroit Lions.
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