BETHPAGE, N.Y.-Marshall tight end Gator Hoskins was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List Monday afternoon by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The Herd standout joined Rice’s Luke Willson as the only Conference USA representatives on the 26-man list.
Hoskins, a junior from Gainesville, Fla., has 18 catches for 207 yards and seven touchdowns this season, which is sixth nationally and the most for any tight end. Against Big Ten power Purdue, Hoskins snared four passes for 42 yards, which included touchdowns of 1, 12 and 28 yards. In 15 career starts and 20 overall appearances, he has 32 catches for 330 yards and 10 scores.
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 2012 John Mackey winner will be presented live on December 6, 2012 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show airing at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Other key dates include the announcement of the 2012 Mackey semi-finalists on November 12, 2012 and the announcement of the 2012 Mackey finalists on November 19, 2012.
Marshall (2-4 overall, 1-1 in Conference USA) will travel to Southern Miss (0-6, 0-2) for a 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT kickoff on Saturday. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.