Howard was named one of eight semifinalists for the 2015 John Mackey Award

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Junior tight end O.J. Howard was named to the list of eight semifinalists for the prestigious John Mackey Award, the Friends of John Mackey announced Monday. The John Mackey Award is annually presented to the nation’s best tight end.

Howard is currently enjoying the most productive season of his career, providing an impact as both a pass catcher and a blocker. Through 10 games, his 29 catches for 323 yards represent career marks and ranks third on the team in each category. As a physical mismatch for most defenses in the passing game, 15 of his catches have converted first downs for the Tide with five being of 20 yards or more. Howard has also helped provide lanes for a Crimson Tide rushing attack that ranks among the best in the SEC.

NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position.  A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA. The John Mackey Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.