COLLEGE STATION – After a dazzling season-opening performance, Texas A&M junior Jace Sternberger was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week, the John Mackey Award announced Wednesday.
The John Mackey Tight End of the Week started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by tight ends during the season, while the John Mackey Award is annually presented to the nation’s premier tight end.
Sternberger hauled in five passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns in his Aggie debut, a 59-7 victory against Northwestern State. The Kingfisher, Okla., native became the first Aggie tight end with multiple touchdown receptions since Michael Lamothe had two scoring grabs against Texas Tech in 2010.
Sternberger’s first touchdown catch came just four seconds into the second quarter as Kellen Mond connected with the junior on a 7-yard pass. Sternberger gave the Aggies a 35-0 advantage as he scored his second touchdown of the game on an 8-yard pass from Mond with six seconds left in the half. The transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M CC also recorded a 31-yard reception on a drive that ended in an Aggie touchdown.
The 2018 John Mackey recipient will be announced on December 5, 2018 and then presented live on December 6, 2018 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU. Other key dates include the 2018 Mackey semi-finalists on November 15, 2018 and the 2018 Mackey finalists on November 22, 2018.
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