Doyle named semifinalist for Mackey Award

WKU tight end Jack Doyle loses his helmet after being hit by MTSU linebacker Christian Henry (behind,) and corner back Kenneth Gilstrap (18) during their game thursday at Smith Stadium. The Tops lost the game 29-34.

Lucas Aulbach

Senior tight end Jack Doyle added another accolade to his senior campaign on Monday when he was named as one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, making the cut from the previous list of 26 candidates.

The award is given to the top tight end in the NCAA each season, chosen by the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.

Doyle has been senior quarterback Kawaun Jakes’ top target this season. He has a team-leading 41 receptions for 438 yards and three touchdowns.

Against Florida Atlantic on Saturday, he became the No. 2 leader in career receptions at WKU, with 150. Former Topper wide receiver Jake Gaebler holds the school’s career record with 168 catches.

Doyle, an Indianapolis native, is joined by fellow semifinalists Tyler Eifert (Jr, Notre Dame), Zach Ertz (Jr, Stanford), Gavin Escobar (Jr, San Diego State), Joseph Fauria (Sr, UCLA), Ryan Otten (Sr, San Jose State), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (So, Washington) and Zach Sudfeld (Sr, Nevada).

The finalists for the award will be announced next Monday and the winner will be selected on Dec. 6.