UNIVERSITY PARK Penn States Kyle Carter has been named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, presented to the nations top collegiate tight end.
Carter, who made numerous freshman All-America teams, is one of only three sophomores on the 37-player award watch list. The honor is named after NFL Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey.
The native of Bear, Del., was second on the Nittany Lions last season with 36 receptions for 453 yards, catching two touchdowns, and was the lone freshman among the Big Tens leaders in catches and yards.
Penn State kicks its season off at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 31 against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.