Clive Walford

FSU’s Nick O’Leary claims Mackey Award as nation’s top TE

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Award season continues Wednesday, with a member of the reigning national champions the latest to see one of its players add some trophy hardware to his personal collection.

Wednesday morning, the Mackey Award announced that Florida State’s Nick O’Leary has been named as the 2014 recipient of the trophy.  The award, named in honor of former Syracuse standout and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Mackey, is given annually to the nation’s top tight end.

Miami’s Clive Walford and Minnesota’s Maxx Williams were the other finalists for this year’s award.

“I’m honored to be chosen as the winner of the 2014 Mackey Award,” O’Leary said in a statement. “The Mackey Award is something that all tight ends dream of winning and I’d like to thank the committee and all the voters for selecting me. My coaches, teammates and family have given me great support and I want to thank them too. My goal has been to be one of the best there is out there. A lot of great players have won this award and I want to be able to carry on the tradition that comes with being a Mackey Award winner.”

With possibly two games remaining, O’Leary has totaled 47 receptions for 614 yards and seven touchdowns.  He’s tied for seventh among tight ends in touchdowns, while he’s 10th and 11th yards per game and receptions per game, respectively.

Miami’s leading receiver, TE Clive Walford, injured, bowl availability unclear

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While nothing is official, it looks as if the collegiate career of one of Miami’s most potent offensive weapons has come to an end.  Maybe.  Possibly.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, the South Florida Sun Sentinel is reporting that Clive Walford sustained a torn MCL in The U’s loss to Pittsburgh in the regular-season finale this past weekend.  The tight end will undergo surgery to repair the damage, with the rehab expected to take upwards of two months.

As a result, Walford will not play in the Hurricanes’ bowl game. The hope is that Walford will be healthy enough to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

There is a conflicting report, however, that’s decidedly more optimistic.  According to the Palm Beach Post, Walford suffered a meniscus tear, not an MCL tear, and has already undergone surgery to repair damage that won’t necessarily keep him out of the postseason.

The school has yet to publicly address Walford’s status for a bowl game.

This season, Walford led the ‘Canes in receptions with 44, and was second in receiving yards (676) and receiving touchdowns (seven).  In the Pitt game, he surpassed Kellen Winslow as the school’s leader in receiving yards by a tight end.

Monday, he was named second-team All-ACC.  Last month, he was named a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award.

Florida State places 17 players on All-ACC teams

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This year’s All-ACC teams are full of players from the conference’s best team (for now).

Seventeen Florida State players headline the list, which was voted on by 55 Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association members. The total points based on votes a player received are in parenthesis.

First Team Offense
WR  Rashad Greene, Sr., Florida State (157)
WR  Jamison Crowder, Sr., Duke (150)
WR  Tyler Boyd, So., Pitt (149)
TE    Nick O’Leary, Sr., Florida State (131)
T      Cameron Erving, Sr.-R., Florida State (133)
T      T.J. Clemmings, Sr.-R, Pitt (90)
G      Laken Tomlinson, Sr.-R, Duke (114)
G      Tre’ Jackson, Sr., Florida State (121)
C      Andy Gallik, Sr.-R, Boston College (105)
QB   Jameis Winston, So.-R, Florida State (142)
RB   James Conner, So., Pitt (164)
RB   Duke Johnson, Jr., Miami (159)
K      Roberto Aguayo, So.-R, Florida State (153)
Sp.   Jamison Crowder, Sr., Duke (86)

Second Team Offense
WR  Phillip Dorsett, Sr.-R, Miami (96)
WR  Mike Williams, So., Clemson (84)
WR  Artavis Scott, Fr., Clemson (80)
TE    Clive Walford, Sr.-R, Miami (101)
T      Ereck Flowers, Jr., Miami (69)
T      Jamon Brown, Sr., Louisville (50)
G      Shaquille Mason, Sr., Georgia Tech (102)
G      Josue Matias, Jr., Florida State (48)
C      Cameron Erving, Sr.-R, Florida State (71)
QB   Marquise Williams, Jr., North Carolina (89)
RB   Zach Laskey, Sr., Georgia Tech (69)
RB   Dalvin Cook, So., Florida State (63)
K      Ian Frye, Jr.-R, Virginia (67)
Sp.   Tyler Boyd, So., Pitt (58)

Third Team Offense
WR  DeAndre Smelter, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (72)
WR  DeVante Parker, Sr., Louisville (62)
WR  Ryan Switzer, So., North Carolina (54)
TE    Bucky Hodges, Fr.-R, Virginia Tech (38)
T      Sean Hickey, Sr., Syracuse (48)
T (tie)Bobby Hart, Sr., Florida State (42)
(tie)Seth Betancourt, Sr.-R, Boston College (42)
(tie)Takoby Cofield, Sr.-R, Duke (42)
G      Landon Turner, Jr., North Carolina (42)
G      Matt Rotheram, Sr.-R, Pitt (42)
C      Matt Skura, Jr.-R, Duke (44)
QB   Justin Thomas,So., Georgia Tech (35)
RB   Kevin Parks, Sr., Virginia (60)
RB   Jon Hilliman, Fr., Boston College (51)
K      Ross Martin, Jr., Duke (48)
Sp.   DeVon Edwards, So., Duke (48)

Honorable Mention/Offense (20 or more points):
QB–Brad Kaaya, Miami (21). RB–Shadrach Thornton, NC State (33); Synjyn Days, Georgia Tech (24).  WR–Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech (24); Mack Hollins, North Carolina (20). TE–Cam Serigne, Wake Forest (25). T–Bryan Chamberlain, Georgia Tech (40); Ian Silberman, Boston College (35); G–David Beasley, Clemson (39); Bobby Vardaro, Boston College (34); John Miller, Louisville (31); Jon Feliciano, Miami (30); Kalon Davis, Clemson (28). C–Shane McDermott, Miami (36); Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech (35); Jake Smith, Louisville (26). PK–Ammon Lakip (32), Clemson; SP–Rashad Greene, Florida State (37); Darius Jennings, Virginia (28); Ryan Switzer, North Carolina (23); Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech (20).

First Team Defense
DE    Vic Beasley, Sr.-R, Clemson (159)
DE    Mario Edwards Jr., Jr., Florida State (112)
DT    Eddie Goldman, Jr., Florida State (129)
DT    Grady Jarrett, Sr., Clemson (127)
LB    Denzel Perryman, Sr., Miami (145)
LB    David Helton, Sr., Duke (104)
LB    Stephone Anthony, Sr., Clemson (101)
CB    Kendall Fuller, So., Virginia Tech (119)
CB    P.J. Williams, Jr., Florida State (105)
S      Gerod Holliman, So.-R Louisville (132)
S      Jalen Ramsey, So., Florida State (92)
P      Wil Baumann, Sr., NC State (108)

Second Team Defense
DE    Dadi Nicolas, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech (101)
DE    Eli Harold, Jr., Virginia (65)
DT    Adam Gotsis, Jr., Georgia Tech (48)
DT    Tylor Harris, Jr., Wake Forest (43)
LB    Terrance Smith, Jr.-R, Florida State (82)
LB    Lorenzo Mauldin, Sr., Louisville (79)
LB(Tie)Henry Coley, Sr.-R, Virginia (68)
LB(Tie)Quayshawn Nealy, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (68)
CB    Garry Peters, Sr., Clemson (63)
CB    Maurice Canady, Jr., Virginia (56)
S      Jeremy Cash, Jr.-R, Duke (83)
S      Quin Blanding, Fr., Virginia (71)
P      Alex Kinal, Jr.-R, Wake Forest (86)

Third Team Defense
DE    Sheldon Rankins, Jr., Louisville (45)
DE    Ken Ekanem, Jr., So.-R, Virginia Tech (40)
DT    Corey Marshall, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech (41)
DT    Connor Wujciak, Jr., Boston College (41)
LB    Reggie Northrup, Jr., Florida State (54)
LB    Cameron Lynch,  Sr., Syracuse (45)
LB    Max Valles, So., Virginia (45)
CB    Ronald Darby, Jr., Florida State (51)
CB    Charles Gaines, Jr.-R, Louisville (47)
S      Anthony Harris, Sr., Virginia (56)
S      Jamal Golden, Jr., Georgia Tech (43)
P      Justin Vogel, So., Miami (40)

Honorable Mention/Defense (20 or more points):
DE–Art Norman, NC State (25); KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech (23); Anthony Chickillo, Miami (21); B.J. Dubose, Louisville (20);  DT–Olsen Pierre, Miami (38); David Dean, Virginia (37);  Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech (33); Nigel William, Virginia Tech (29); Thomas Teal, NC State (27); Ethan Farmer, North Carolina (22); Josh Banks, Wake Forest (20). LB–Brandon Chubb, Wake Forest (30); P.J. Davis,. Georgia Tech (25); Josh Keyes, Boston College (22); Keith Kelsey, Louisville (20). CB–Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest (45); D.J. White, Georgia Tech (40); Merrilll Noel, Wake Forest (34); Brian Walker, North Carolina (27); MacKensie Alexander, Clemson (22). S–Deon Bush, Miami (36); DeVon Edwards, Duke (26); Robert Smith, Clemson (20), P–Will Monday, Duke (29); Riley Dixon, Syracuse (23).

Guy, Mackey, O’Brien, Outland, Thorpe awards announce finalists

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It was a busy Tuesday night for major awards announcing its finalists, as evidenced by the fact that CFT is now just getting to the other half of them.

The finalists for the Maxwell (most outstanding player at any position), Nagurski (defensive player), Biletnikoff (wide receiver), Groza (kicker) and Walker (running back) awards we’ve already covered; now we’ll get to the other five. In announcements Tuesday night, the Guy (punter), Mackey (tight end), O’Brien (quarterback), Outland (interior lineman) and Thorpe (defensive back) finalists were revealed.

Below are the three distinguished finalists for each award:

RAY GUY AWARD
Tom Hackett, Utah (Jr.)
JK Scott, Alabama (Fr.)
Austin Rehkow, Idaho (Soph.)

DAVEY O’BRIEN AWARD
Trevone Boykin, TCU (Jr.)
Marcus Mariota, Oregon (RS Jr.)
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (Jr.)

JOHN MACKEY AWARD
Nick O’Leary, Florida State (Sr.)
Clive Walford, Miami (Sr.)
Maxx Williams, Minnesota (RS Soph.)

OUTLAND TROPHY
Malcom Brown, Texas (Jr.)
Reese Dismukes, Auburn (Sr.)
Brandon Scherff, Iowa (Sr.)

JIM THORPE AWARD
Landon Collins, Alabama (Jr.)
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon (Sr.)
Gerod Holliman, Louisville (RS So.)

Nation’s top tight ends named semifinalists for John Mackey Award

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It is almost award season in college football. Today, the field of contenders for the John Mackey Award for bets tight end in college football was trimmed down to just eight semifinalists.

Jean Sifrin of Massachusetts leads all tight ends with 593 receiving yards this season. Miami’s Clive Walford, Minnesota’s Maxx Williams and Iowa State’s E.J. Bibbs are tied for the lead among the nation’s tight ends with seven touchdowns each. All four players were named semifinalists for the award.

Last year’s Mackey Award went to Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins. This year’s winner will be announced on December 10 and presented live on December 11 during the annual Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show. Finalists will be announced on November 24.

The finalists are:

E.J. Bibbs (SR, Iowa State)
Evan Engram (SO, Mississippi)
Ben Koyack (SR, Notre Dame)
Jimmay Mundine (SR, Kansas)
Nick O’Leary (SR, Florida State)
Jean Sifrin (JR, Massachusetts)
Clive Walford (SR, Miami)
Maxx Williams (SO, Minnesota).