The college football preseason is underway and with it comes annual award watch list announcements. On Friday, Rutgers tight end Johnny Langan was named to the John Mackey Award watch list. The award is annually given to the most outstanding tight end in college football. It named after the former NFL Hall of Famer who starred with the Baltimore Colts.
After converting to tight end midway through the 2021 season, playing five games at the position, he transitioned to the role full-time last fall. Last season, Langan was second on Rutgers with 31 receptions along with 296 receiving yards and a touchdown. He made at least one catch in all 12 games played in 2022. Langan also rushed for 139 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown. The captain also passed for a touchdown as well.
Langan enters the final season of his collegiate career with 20 career touchdowns, 840 rushing yards, 1,043 passing yards and 483 receiving yards in 45 games played. Of his 20 touchdowns, Langan has rushed for 11, thrown for 8 and caught one. He is also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. In Rutgers’ only bowl appearance since 2014, Langan was the 2021 Gator Bowl MVP in the loss to Wake Forest. He caught a career high six receptions for 57 receiving yards, ran for 20 yards and completed two passes for 21 yards. Hopefully, Langan can help get Rutgers back to another bowl game this season and he can excel at tight end under new offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca.
Johnny Langan has been named to the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List ‼️
— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) August 4, 2023
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