Two Sun Devils Named To Mackey Award Watch List

July 25, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - Two Arizona State University Sun Devil football players are on the John Mackey Award Watch List, the award given annually to the nation's top tight end. Junior Zach Miller and senior Jamaal Lewis are the only teammates to be on the list, which was released by the Nassau County Sports Commission this afternoon.

Miller (Phoenix, Ariz.) caught 38 passes for 478 yards and four touchdowns during his sophomore season in 2005. He averaged 12.5 yards a catch and was the team's third-leading receiver. As a freshman, Miller broke the ASU record for receptions in a season by a tight end with 56. His 56 receptions in 2004 tied for the most receptions in the NCAA by a tight end. Along with his 56 receptions, he tallied 552 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Miller has earned numerous accolades this summer, having been named a Pre-season All-American by Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook and Rivals.com, as well as Pre-season All-Pac-10 by CollegeFootballNews.com and Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook. Miller was also named to the Maxwell Award Watch List in June.

Lewis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) led all tight ends in the nation last year with his 19.6 yards per catch average. He hauled in 23 receptions for 446 yards and five touchdowns in 2005, all career highs, despite missing three games due to injury.

Miller and Lewis are two of seven Pac-10 players on the watch list. Arizona State is the only school with more than one student-athlete on the list.

The Sun Devils will kick off the 2006 season on Thursday, August 31st when they host Northern Arizona. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium

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