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Gesicki Named To Mackey Award Midseason List

One of the prime candidates for Penn State’s Most Improved Player has earned some national recognition!

NCAA Football: Minnesota at Penn State Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Gesicki has been one of Trace McSorley’s most reliable targets this season (a surprise given his performance last year), and today the tight end was rewarded for his efforts by being named to the Mackey Award midseason list.

The Mackey Award is named for former Indianapolis Colt and NFL Hall-of-Fame tight end John Mackey, and was first awarded in 2000. No PSUer has ever been named a Mackey Award winner; Arkansas leads all schools, with two winners in their history, including last year’s winner, Hunter Henry.

The junior has 23 receptions for 277 yards (both tops in the Big Ten) and two touchdowns so far this season. Remember this catch against Temple?

Here’s his touchdown against Kent State. Last year, he might have dropped this pass.

It’s great to see Gesicki displaying the talent and athleticism that many knew he was capable of when he came out of Manahawkin, New Jersey in 2014. Congrats Mike!