Fayetteville, Ark. – Arkansas Razorback senior tight end Chris Gragg started the season as one of 33 players listed on the Mackey Award preseason watch list. Despite missing three full games and three quarters of another, Gragg finds himself on the Mackey Award Midseason Award Watch List as one of 26 total with an opportunity to be named the top tight end in the nation during the 2012 college football season.
With only four games played Gragg is second on the Arkansas roster with 19 receptions and third in total receiving yards with 234. He is also tied for third on the team with two receiving touchdowns while sporting a robust 12.3 yard per reception average.
Gragg is expected to return from a deep bone bruise injury suffered in the first quarter against Rutgers when the Hogs face Ole Miss in Little Rock Oct. 27.
Razorback starting quarterback Tyler Wilson and Gragg have only been on the playing field together for a total of six quarters this season (Jacksonville State – 4 and Louisiana-Monroe – 2). Having a healthy Gragg on the field makes the Arkansas offense even more explosive and potentially dangerous during their stretch run of the final five games of their regular season.
Gragg was awarded the top tight end of the week during the opening week of the 2012 season; no coincidence the only full game he has played with Wilson this year. Gragg finished the game with seven catches for 110 yards including two scores against the Gamecocks pacing Arkansas to a 49-24 victory.
John Mackey Tight End of the Week winners:
Week One: Chris Gragg, Arkansas
Week Two: Marcus Green, Mississippi State
Week Three: Zach Ertz, Stanford
Week Four: Dion Sims, Michigan State
Week Five: Ryan Otten, San Jose State
Week Six: Alex Bayer, Bowling Green
Chris Gragg, Arkansas
Alex Bayer, Bowling Green
Kyle Carter, Penn State
Chris Coyle, Arizona State
Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Eric Ebron, North Carolina
Zach Ertz, Stanford
Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
Joseph Fauria, UCLA
Brandon Ford, Clemson
Crockett Gilmore, Colorado State
Marcus Green, Mississippi State
Chase Harper, Texas State
Gator Haskings, Marshall
Nick Kasa, Colorado
Ryan Otten, San Jose State
Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
Kyler Reed, Nebraska
Zach Sudfeld, Nevada
Jordan Reed, Florida
Mychal Rivera, Tennessee
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Dion Sims, Michigan State
Levine Toilolo, Stanford
Luke Wilson, Rice