July 9, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The John Mackey Award, presented annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end in the nation, has announced that Purdue senior Gabe Holmes has been named to its 2013 preseason watch list.
Holmes is coming off a 2012 season that saw him finish with a career-high 25 receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns. In 35 career games, Holmes has 37 receptions for 305 yards and three scores.
Former Purdue tight end Tim Stratton was the inaugural Mackey Award winner in 2000 when he caught 58 passes for 605 yards and two touchdowns. Current Miami Dolphin Dustin Keller was a semifinalist for the award at Purdue in 2007.