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McDonald named to Mackey watch list

Florida State tight end Camren McDonald is on the Mackey Award Watch List, the organization announced Friday.

McDonald, who was also named a Good Works Team nominee earlier this week, has appeared in 33 games with nine starts and made 29 receptions for 306 yards and two touchdowns. The redshirt junior from Long Beach, Calif., registered a career-high seven catches for a career-best 61 yards against Pitt. He caught a 12-yard touchdown pass in FSU’s 31-28 win over No. 5 North Carolina that proved to be the winning points. At No. 12 Miami, McDonald’s then-career-high six catches included his first collegiate touchdown.

The Mackey Award is presented annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end. The award was established in 2000 and is named for John Mackey, who played at Syracuse before a Pro Football Hall of Fame career with the Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers. Nick O’Leary won FSU’s first Mackey Award in 2014.

Florida State has been represented with seven Seminoles on six national award watch lists released so far in 2021. Quarterback McKenzie Milton is on watch lists for the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award, while linebacker Amari Gainer is on the Bednarik Award Watch List and running backs Jashaun Corbin and Lawrance Toafili are on the Doak Walker Award Watch List.