PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 8, 2014) – Rutgers junior tight end Tyler Kroft (Downingtown, Pa.) has been named to the 2014 John Mackey Award preseason watch list. The John Mackey Award is given to the most outstanding collegiate tight end annually.
Kroft is coming off an outstanding sophomore campaign in 2013 in which he earned honorable mention All-America by SI.com. Kroft was the first RU tight end to earn All-America honors since consensus first team All-America Marco Battaglia in 1995.
A First Team All-American Athletic Conference last season, Kroft was the only Scarlet Knight to record a reception in all 13 games.
Kroft appeared in all 13 games, starting the last 12 at tight end. He led the team in receiving yards (573) and 43 receptions and tied for second on squad with four receiving touchdowns. Kroft was the first RU tight end to earn first-team all-conference since 2006 (Clark Harris).
He racked up 133 yards on six receptions and a touchdown against Arkansas (9/21) to earn John Mackey National Tight End of the Week (9/25) last season.
Kroft and the Scarlet Knights open the season Thursday, August 28 at Washington State in Seattle on Fox Sports One. Rutgers opens Big Ten play Saturday, September 13 at home vs. Penn State at 8 p.m. on BTN.