PISCATAWAY, NJ – For the second-consecutive year, Clark Harris (Manahawkin, NJ) has been named to the John Mackey Award watch list, presented annually to the most outstanding tight end in Division I-A college football.
Harris, an All-BIG EAST pick last season, is the top returning tight end in the country in both catches and yards. In 2004, Harris caught 53 passes for 725 yards and five touchdowns, eclipsing the 100-yard mark on three occasions. He caught multiple passes in all 11 games and ranked fifth in the BIG EAST (first among tight ends) in both catches per game (4.73) and yards per game (65.9). He first reached the 100-yard mark with a six-catch, 108-yard effort in a win over Kent State (9/18) and then caught five passes for 100 yards at Pittsburgh on Oct. 23. On November 20 at Navy, he set career highs in both catches (9) and yards (116). Harris ended the 2004 season ranked second nationally among tight ends in both categories.
The Mackey Award was established in 2000 and, in addition to demonstrating outstanding athletic prowess on the field, the recipient must demonstrate positive sportsmanship-like behavior, be in academic good standing and strive to embody the leadership abilities of former college and NFL great TE John Mackey, both on and off the field.
The Rutgers football team opens its 2005 season on September 3 when it travels to the University of Illinois. The game is set for noon and will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The Scarlet Knights begin their home schedule against Villanova on September 10, the first of six games at Rutgers Stadium.