Zane Fakes, a senior tight end on the Ball State football team in 2013, has been named to the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List for the award which is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end.
The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2013 John Mackey recipient will be presented live Dec. 12, at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.
Fakes, who was named to the 2012 All-Mid-American Conference First Team and the Academic All-MAC Team, started 10 games and played in all 13 for the Cardinals last season. He tallied five touchdown catches a year ago, and has seven in his career. Fakes managed a career high 11 catches for a career best 98 receiving yards vs. Northern Illinois last season. He managed two touchdown catches in a game vs. Indiana last season and repeated the accomplishment vs. Ohio.
Fakes joins teammates Jamill Smith and Keith Wenning as members of the 2013 Ball State football team who are on national award preseason watch lists. Smith is on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List for the nation’s most versatile college football player, while Wenning is on the Maxwell Award Watch List as the nation’s most outstanding player.
The Mackey Midseason Watch List will be announced Oct. 14, and the award semifinalists will be publicized Nov. 18. The Mackey finalists will be named Nov. 25.
The award is named in the honor of John Mackey, who is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the National Football League Players Association.
Ball State, under the direction of third-year head coach Pete Lembo, will open the 2013 season Thurs., Aug. 29, vs. Illinois State in a home game at Scheumann Stadium.