Sep 15, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Robert Lester (37) attempts to tackle Arkansas Razorback tight end Chris Gragg (80) during the second half at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Alabama defeated Arkansas 52-0. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-US PRESSWIRE

2012 Arkansas Razorback Football: Gragg Makes Mackey Award Midseason List


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


The 2012 Mackey Award Midseason Watch List includes:

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


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