Mark Andrews leads the Oklahoma Sooners in receptions through 11 games, and he’s now being recognized for his production with an invitation to The Home Depot College Football Awards. He’ll be joined in Atlanta by teammates Baker Mayfield and Orlando Brown, who are also up for awards. The show will be televised by ESPN on Thursday, Dec 7 at 6 p.m. CT.
Andrews was named a finalist for the Mackey Award on Monday, joining Wisconsin’s Troy Fumagalli and Penn State’s Mike Gesicki in the running for the award given to college football’s top tight end. The redshirt junior from Scottsdale has caught 47 passes for 787 yards and five touchdowns.
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Fumagalli has 36 receptions and three touchdowns while Gesicki 46 receptions for 466 and seven touchdowns. Andrews’ two challengers are averaging 12.8 and 10.1 yards per reception, respectively. Meanwhile, Andrews is averaging 16.7 yards each time he catches the rock. Two Big Ten guys play in systems that differ greatly from the one Andrews is a part of, but this race probably shouldn’t be close.
Unsurprisingly, Baker Mayfield is a finalist for both the Davy O’Brien and Maxwell Awards, which are given to the most outstanding quarterback and player, respectively. Joining Mayfield as an O’Brien finalist are Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph — both of whom lost to Mayfield’s team during the regular season. The other two finalists for the Maxwell Award are Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Stanford running back Bryce Love.
Additionally, Orlando Brown has been named a finalist for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman. He’ll be joined by Notre Dame offensive tackle Quenton Nelson and Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver.