Sept. 26, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State junior tight end Dion Sims has been named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced on Wednesday.
Sims, who was also selected as the College Football Performance Awards' National Tight End of the Week, recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game with six receptions for 112 yards and a score against Eastern Michigan in MSU's 23-7 win over the Eagles last Saturday. Sims had three catches for 73 yards in the fourth quarter, including a 10-yard TD grab from Andrew Maxwell.
Through four games, Sims has 22 receptions for 277 yards - both totals represent career highs. Sims had 12 catches in 2011 and 133 receiving yards in 2009. With 22 receptions, Sims is tied with Arizona State's Chris Coyle for the most catches of any tight end in the NCAA FBS, and his 277 receiving yards rank second among tight ends (Coyle: 301 yards). Eighteen of Sims' 22 receptions this season (82 percent) have gone for either a first down or a touchdown. Sims also leads the team with two touchdown receptions.
The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by Tight Ends during the active season. The Tight End of the Week acknowledgment does not have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process. The Nassau County Sports Commission, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization sponsored by Briarcliffe College, is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.
The 2012 recipient of "The Mackey" will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show Dec. 6 on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.johnmackeyaward.org for all Mackey Award related information including the John Mackey Selection Committee, the selection process and award criteria, information on all past award recipients and a high resolution image of the award trophy available for download.
The John Mackey Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official website, www.ncfaa.org.