Alex Smith Named Finalist for Mackey Award

Nov. 23, 2004

Senior Alex Smith, Stanford's all-time leading receiver as a tight end, today was named one of three finalists for the 2004 Mackey Award, which is presented to the nation's top tight end. The award is presented by the Nassau County (New Jersey) Sports Commission. The winner will be announced on December 9.

Smith, from Boulder, Colorado, finished his career with 107 receptions, making him the most prolific receiving tight end in Stanford history. He led the team with 52 receptions for 706 yards in 2004 and became the first Cardinal tight end to lead the team in receptions since Bob Moore in 1969. His 52 receptions in 2004 was the second highest single season for a tight end in school history (Greg Baty had 61 in 1985).

The other finalists for the Mackey Award are Mercedes Lewis of UCLA and Heath Miller of Virginia, both juniors.

The Mackey Award is given to the collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics, and community values of NFL Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey.