Indiana senior TE Ted Bolser has caught the eye of both NFL personnel evaluators as well as college football award groups. While the former will have to wait until the end of the season, the later made news when they named Bolser as a member of the John Mackey Award mid-season watch list.
Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2013 John Mackey Award recipient will be presented live on December 12, 2013 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show: 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Bolser, a prime red zone target for IU quarterbacks, is tied for first nationally among tight ends with five touchdowns, is tied for seventh with 19 receptions and is 19th with 206 yards. He leads Big Ten tight ends in TDs and catches (tied) and is second in yards.
The Cincinnati native was named the John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week for his performance against Navy in week two. Bolser became the 20th Hoosier and the second tight end to reach 100 catches (101 - 21st all-time) and 1,000 yards (1,223 - 26th all-time) at Michigan State last weekend. Bob Stephenson (1978-81) holds the records with 115 receptions and 1,252 yards.
NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be among the best to have played the tight end position. 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.
The John Mackey Award presented since 2000, lists twelve NFL players as alumni, including last year's recipient, Taylor Eifert of Notre Dame, now playing with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Hoosier Happenings: Offensive tackle Peyton Eckert, yet to play this season due to a lingering back injury, will not play this year. Eckert, expected to be a key returnee and a two-year starter on the offensive line, instead will undergo surgery to try and alleviate the situation.