Fred Davis Wins Mackey Award As Nation's Top Tight End
Dec. 6, 2007
Senior tight end Fred Davis was named the winner of the 2007 John Mackey Award, presented to the nation's top tight end. He is USC's first recipient of the Mackey Award.
Also, senior offensive tackle Sam Baker and senior defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis were named to the 2007 Walter Camp All-American first team. Senior linebacker made the Walter Camp All-American second team.
Davis leads the Rose Bowl-bound Trojans in 2007 with 55 receptions (a record for USC tight ends) for 794 yards and 7 touchdowns. He is the first tight end to lead USC in receptions in a season since Joe Cormier in 1985. His 14.4 average per catch in 2007 is second best among the nation's tight ends. He has 110 career catches (13th on USC's career receptions list), a record for USC tight ends. He has 3 100-yard receiving games in his career (all in 2007). He was named to the 2007 All-Pac-10 first team.
Baker becomes USC's third-ever 3-time All-American first teamer, joining linebacker Richard Wood (1972-74) and quarterback Matt Leinart (2003-05).
Ellis, a 2-time All-American first teamer, earlier this month made the Football Coaches All-American first team and was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He has 52 tackles in 2007, including 12.5 for a loss (with 8.5 sacks), and 6 deflections. He is tied for 23rd nationally in sacks (0.8). He is one of 8 semifinalists for the 2007 Lott Trophy and 1 of 15 semifinalists for the 2007 Bednarik Award. In his career, he has 28.5 tackles for a loss and 17.5 sacks.
Rivers, an All-Pac-10 first team pick in both 2006 and 2007, has 73 tackles in 2007, including 4.5 for losses, plus 4 deflections, 3 fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. He was a semifinalist for the 2007 Butkus Award.