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Oct. 17, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior tight end Jake Stoneburner was named today to the midseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end by the Nassau (N.Y.) County Sports Commission. He is one of 25 individuals under consideration for the award and one of only four from the Big Ten Conference (Northwestern’s Drake Dunsmore, Wisconsin’s Jacob Pedersen and Nebraska’s Kyler Reed are the others).

Stoneburner, a fourth-year junior from the Columbus suburb of Dublin and a family resource management major, leads the Buckeyes with 12 receptions (for 150 yards) and six touchdowns. He caught his sixth touchdown pass Saturday against Illinois, a 17-yarder from Braxton Miller that was the only completion on the day for Ohio State in its 17-7 win over the 16th-ranked and previously unbeaten Illini.

Earlier this season, against Akron, Stoneburner became the first tight end in modern Ohio State history to catch three touchdowns in a game. Bob Grimes caught four touchdown passes vs. Washington State in a 1952 game. He is listed as an end in Ohio State’s media guides for 1950-52, but further research revealed he was, indeed, a tight end.

Stoneburner was named the National Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission after his big day against the Zips. He is now tied with Grimes and Jan White (1968-70) for fifth-place on Ohio State’s all-time charts for tight end touchdowns with eight. John Lumpkin (1996-98) holds the school record with 10.

The 2011 recipient of “The Mackey” will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show December 8, 2011 on ESPNU. Please visit www.johnmackeyaward.org for all Mackey Award related information including the John Mackey Selection Committee, the selection process and award criteria, information on all past award recipients and a high resolution image of the award trophy available for download.